WOODLAND, Calif. – Air Force junior Analise Howard was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Specialist of the Week this afternoon (Feb. 27), marking the second time this season – and the third time of her career – that the Westminster, Calif., native has been honored by the conference office.
Howard collected a pair of 9.850 scores to lead the Falcons on the uneven bars and balance beam during the Air Force Triangular on Saturday, Feb. 24. The junior posted a career-best score to finish second out of 18 gymnasts on the bars, while recording the second-highest score of her career to place third on the beam. Howard led Air Force to a season-high event score of 48.950 on the balance beam and helped the program to a season-high team score of 194.475 – the fifth-highest total of Doug Day’s 12-year tenure at the Academy – during a second-place finish in their triangular against No. 35 New Hampshire and Temple.
With today’s weekly honor, Howard becomes the third Air Force gymnast to garner multiple awards from the MPSF this season. As a squad, the Falcons have collected nine total conference awards, including six with Specialist of the Week distinction.
The Falcons head back out on the road this week for a pair of competitions. Air Force opens the road swing at UC Davis on Friday, March 2, before traveling to San Jose State for a quadrangular meet that includes Central Michigan and Seattle Pacific on Sunday, March 4.