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Fifteen freshman who flew to the forefront for Air Force in February

March 1, 2017 Updated: March 2, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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Freshmen have played large roles for Air Force early in the spring semester. Here are 15 of the most noteworthy.

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Paxton Boyer, lacrosse

Boyer has started at goalie for the team that is off to a 3-2 start, including a victory over nationally-ranked Duke. The game against the Blue Devils was the first of his career for the Falcons.

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Read Paul Klee's column for more on Boyer

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Ben Brockman, men’s swimming

Was named WAC Freshman of the Year for the Air Force swimming team that won a conference championship. Placed top five in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.

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Ashton Easley, baseball

The designated hitter went 3-for-4 in the season-opener on Friday with a home run, four RBIs and a two-run single that broke an eighth-inning tie in an 8-7 victory over Army. He tied for the team lead with six RBIs in the month.

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Kailin Davis, women’s basketball

The 5-foot-11 guard/forward scored has emerged as the team’s second-leading scorer with 9.8 points per game and hit the game-winning 3-pointer on Feb. 25 in the final seconds against Utah State.

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Evan Floyd, baseball

The statistics haven’t been sterling just yet (7.71 ERA in two starts), but Floyd was tabbed to start the season opener – a victory over Army – and made his second appearance in a start against Navy. The Falcons went 3-1 against their service academy rivals in the month.

"He's as good as we've had here..." More on Floyd

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Mariah Forde, women’s basketball

Opened February with a 19-point performance against Fresno State and closed it with 18 against San Diego State. In between, she reached double figures four additional times and went a perfect 17 of 17 from the free-throw line in the month.

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TJ Fumagalli, women's tennis

The No. 2 singles player is 13-0 this spring, including one of Air Force’s two wins in a dual at Florida State. She is 8-0 with doubles partner Elizabeth Barnickel, and the pair is ranked No. 1 in the Mountain Region.

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Mack Galvin, men's tennis

Galvin started the spring 7-0, including the lone victory in the Falcons’ 6-1 loss at Michigan State when he won the No. 6 singles match. He has since moved up to No. 4 singles.

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Logan Grizzle, men’s track & field

An All-Mountain West selection after taking third in the Mountain West Indoor Championships with a vault of 16-foot-4 3/4.

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Megan Irvine, women’s track

An All-Mountain West selection, Irvine ran the second-fast 200-meter dash in program history at 24.89 seconds – her first time competing in the event. This is in addition to the fifth-fastest 400 (56.90) she clocked in her first time in that event on Feb. 3, which she then lowered to No. 4 at 56.67.

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Lydia Knutson, women’s swimming

Broke her own school record in the 50 free, placing fourth in the Mountain West Championships on Friday with a time of 22.69. She set and then broke the record in the event four times this season.

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Zach Nelson, men’s swimming

Finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke at the WAC championships, posting the fifth best time in program history at 1:59.57.

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Ricky Padilla, wrestling

Upset No. 25 Keilan Torres of Northern Colorado in his dual meet debut, helping Air Force to a come-from-behind victory and earning Big 12 Co-Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 20.

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Lavelle Scottie, men’s basketball

The backup center posted his first double-digit scoring output in what was his best game thus far in a loss at Boise State with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Feb. 11. That turned out to be the first of four double-digit performances over five games to close the month for Scottie.

Read about Scottie's complete performance at Boise State

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Sid Tomes, men’s basketball

Tomes broke out for 18 points – eclipsing a previous career-high of 5 – against Nevada on Wednesdya night. The point guard started four of the final five games in the month after having appeared in just five of the previous 20 games.

More on Sid Tomes

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