After three straight meets at the Academy, the Air Force women’s gymnastics team heads back out on the road this weekend, as it travels to California for a pair of competitions. The Falcons open their West Coast road swing with a rematch against UC Davis on Friday, March 2, before heading to San Jose State for a quadrangular meet on Sunday, March 4.
Friday’s dual meet with UC Davis is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. (PT) inside The Pavilion on the UCD campus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth/seniors, while live stats will be available via Statbroadcast and the meet will streamed live on the Aggies’ Facebook page. Sunday’s quadrangular meet, which will include Central Michigan, Seattle Pacific and host San Jose State, will take place at 2:00 p.m., at The Event Center on the Spartans’ campus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth, while live stats will be available at SJSUSpartans.com.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Three of the Falcons’ four foes are MPSF opponents, with Air Force having faced Seattle Pacific (194.275-189.250 win) and UC Davis (194.950-193.300 loss) during its last two dual meets at the Academy. UC Davis continues to lead the conference, holding a regional qualifying score of 194.520, while San Jose State is ranked second (194.135) and Seattle Pacific in list fifth (190.250). Central Michigan, the current leader in the Mid-American Conference, is ranked 29th in the NCAA with a regional qualifying score of 195.475. UC Davis is coming off of a 194.525-193.450 victory over San Jose State, while Seattle Pacific
AIR FORCE IN THE RANKINGS
In the first week of determining rankings by Regional Qualifying Scores, Air Force is ranked 57th in the nation – and fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation – with a mark of 193.050. Individually, Anna Salamone is ranked third on the uneven bars (9.800 RQS) and seventh on the vault (9.730), while Emily Luers and Casey Bell are listed seventh on the balance beam (9.725) and floor exercise (9.740), respectively. Brittney Reed rounds out the list of Air Force gymnasts in the top 10, as she is tied for 10th on the uneven bars with a RQS of 9.680.
HOWARD NABS SECOND WEEKLY HONOR
After leading the team with a pair of 9.850 scores at the Air Force Triangular, Analise Howard was named the MPSF Specialist of the Week on Feb. 27 – marking the second time in three weeks that she has been honored by the conference office. With the award, Howard became the third Air Force gymnast to garner multiple awards from the MPSF this season.
ADD ‘EM UP!
Air Force has captured nine weekly awards from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation during the first eight weeks of the season. The Falcons list of honorees includes Tyler Davis (Jan. 9 Freshman of the Week, Feb. 20 Freshman), Jessica Kirkpatrick (Jan. 9 Specialist of the Week), Mariana Murphy (Jan. 9 Gymnast of the Week), Anna Salamone (Jan. 16 Specialist, Jan. 30 Specialist), Emily Luers (Feb. 6 Specialist) and Analise Howard (Feb. 13 Specialist, Feb. 27 Specialist).
FALCONS NET TOP-FIVE SCORE
Air Force recorded a season-best team score of 194.475 at the Air Force Triangular on Feb. 24 – the fifth-highest total of Doug Day’s 12-year tenure at the Academy. It is the sixth time in seven meets that the Falcons have impacted Day’s top-40 team total list.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force remains on the road next weekend, when it travels to Tucson for a quadrangular meet against Arizona, North Carolina and San Jose State on Friday, March 9.