WOODLAND, Calif. – Backed by two first-place finishes, two career-best marks and the program’s first 9.900 on the uneven bars in 15 years, Air Force sophomore Anna Salamone was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Specialist of the Week this afternoon (March 6). It is the third time this season – and the fourth of her career – that the Bayport, N.Y., native has been honored by the conference office.
The sophomore equaled the second-highest uneven bars score in Academy history at the San Jose State Quadrangular on Sunday, March 4, as she garnered a 9.900 to win the 24-gymnast event – and pace the Falcons to a one-two finish on that apparatus. Salamone, the first Falcon to account for a 9.900 on the uneven bars since 2003, also recorded Air Force’s best finish on the vault at San Jose State, as she posted a 9.800 to tie for fourth. In addition, Salamone registered a career-best 9.850 to tie for first on the vault during a dual meet with UC Davis on Friday, March 2. In addition to posting her first collegiate vault of 9.800-or-higher, she also tied for the best Air Force finish on the uneven bars, as she scored a 9.825 to tie for third. For the weekend, Salamone helped Air Force to a pair of 194-plus finishes, including a season-high team score of 194.500 – the fourth-highest score of Doug Day’s coaching tenure.
Salamone has now claimed the league’s Specialist award three times this season and has earned four weekly awards in her career, after earning Freshman of the Week honors in 2017. The four total awards are tied for the second-most in Academy history. As a squad, the Falcons have combined for a program-best 10 weekly conference awards – including seven with Specialist of the Week distinction.
Air Force returns to action on Friday (March 9), when it travels to Tucson for a quadrangular meet that includes top-40 teams from Arizona and North Carolina, as well as a conference opponent San Jose State.