The Air Force women’s gymnastics team returns to action tomorrow (March 9) night, when it travels to Tucson to face Arizona, North Carolina and San Jose State. The quadrangular meet is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. (MT) inside the McKale Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Live stats will be available via ArizonaWildcats.com.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Arizona is ranked 34th in the national standings with a Regional Qualifying Score of 195.520, while North Carolina is ranked 37th (195.300) and San Jose State is ranked 50th (194.350). The Tar Heels are listed among the nation’s top-20 on the floor exercise (sixth, 49.315) and vault (18th, 49.070), while the Wildcats are listed among the top-25 on the uneven bars (24th, 49.030). UNC also boasts a top-12 individual, as Khazia Hislop is ranked 12th on the floor exercise with a RQS of 9.910. Both Arizona (196.125-197.275 at No. 10 Arkansas) and North Carolina (194.975-197.525 at No. 6 Alabama) are coming off of road losses to top-10 teams, while San Jose State scored a 195.050 to finish second at a home quadrangular meet that included Air Force.
AIR FORCE IN THE RANKINGS
With a Regional Qualifying Score of 193.865, Air Force moved up three spots to No. 54 in the national rankings – and returned to No. 3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Falcons currently lead the conference on the uneven bars (48.670) and are ranked among the top half of the league on the balance beam (second, 38.565) and floor exercise (third, 48.705). Individually, Anna Salamone is ranked first on the uneven bars (9.840) and fourth on the vault (9.765). In addition, Analise Howard is tied for fourth on the uneven bars (9.780), while Emily Luers and Tyler Davis are ranked fifth on the balance beam (9.700) and floor exercise (9.815), respectively.
SALAMONE CLAIMS THIRD MPSF SPECIALIST AWARD OF THE YEAR
Backed by two first-place finishes, two career-best marks and the program’s first 9.900 on the uneven bars in 15 years, Anna Salamone was named the MPSF Specialist of the Week on March 6. It is the third time this season – and the fourth of her career – that Salamone has been honored by the conference office.
With three Specialist of the Week awards this year and a Freshman of the Week honor in 2017, Anna Salamone has been honored by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation four times in a career – a total that is tied for the second-most individual awards in Academy history.
ADD ‘EM UP!
Air Force has captured 10 weekly awards from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation so far this 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, March 6 Specialist), Emily Luers (Feb. 6 Specialist) and Analise Howard (Feb. 13 Specialist, Feb. 27 Specialist).
Air Force broke the 194-point mark during both meets of the March 2-4 weekend, including a season-high team score 194.500 – the fourth-highest total of Doug Day’s 12-year coaching tenure – during the quadrangular meet at San Jose State.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force closes out the regular season next Saturday (March 17), when it travels to Seattle Pacific.