Chapman is the first Falcon to win an event title at Oklahoma in the past eight years.
The sophomore picked up a pair of top-25 finishes during the afternoon session.
The Falcons' sophomore will compete in the 1 p.m. (PST) session on Thursday.
Gared Chapman and Josh Pyne matched the Academy's vault record (14.750).
The 32nd-annual meet begins at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cadet West Gym.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2013: Received the program's Most Valuable Gymnast award...two-time USAG All-American...finished third on both the floor exercise (14.050) and still rings (14.600) at the USAG National Championships...set the Academy vault record of 15.450 during the Falcons' win over Washington...set or matched the Academy record on that event during four meets...first tied the program standard of 14.750 in the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open...improved record to 15.000 in winning effort at the All-Academy Championships...bettered it to 15.050 during first-place performance at Oklahoma the following week...the win at Oklahoma marked the Academy's first title in Norman (any event) since at least 2006...named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week following that meet...also took first on the vault during the team finals of the USAG Championships (14.750)...advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships on both the vault and still rings...placed sixth on the vault (14.950) and 10th on the rings (15.050) during the National Qualifier...scored a career-best 15.450 on the still rings against Temple...that score is ranked sixth on the Academy's all-time list...also finished first on that event at the All-Academy Championships (14.950) and in the Falcons' second meet at Illinois-Chicago (14.800)...posted the Falcons' best individual finish (third) at the MPSF Championships (14.900, still rings)...participated on the rings and vault at the Winter Cup Challenge...also competed on the floor exercise during the final nine team competitions, as well as the event finals of the USAG Championships...recorded the sixth-best floor score in program history (15.050) at home against Washington.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2012: USAG All-American on the still rings...finished second at that meet with a score of 15.000...competed on that event in every competition...recorded a career-high score of 15.100 during the team finals of the USAG Championships...that mark is ranked 14th on the program's all-time list...finished fifth on that event (14.550) during a tri-meet with Oklahoma and Nebraska...competed on the vault during nine meets...scored a personal-best score of 14.400 at Nebraska...that mark is ranked fifth on the program's all-time list...participated on the floor exercise during four meets...scored a personal-best 13.800 twice...first claimed that mark during the dual meet with Illinois-Chicago and matched that score at Arizona State.
HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Winter Park High School...AP Scholar...served as president of the Interact Club...IB Diploma recipient...member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society...competed at the club level for Ace Gymnastics (coached by John Hallett, Mike Turner and Greg Weller) and Orlando Metro Gymnastics (coached by Casimiro Suarez)...five-time national qualifier (2007-11)...three-time Florida state team member...three-time Region 8 team member...member of the 2010 Region 8 team that won the national championship...2008 state champion on the parallel bars...2009 state champion on the floor exercise and vault...2009 Region 8 champion on the high bar...received first-team Academic All-American honors for three straight years.
PERSONAL: Full name is Gared Ryan Chapman...nickname is "Meatball"...son of Eddie and Christine Chapman...has one younger half-sister, Ann, and one younger half-brother, Will...majoring in electrical engineering...future plans include becoming a pilot or engineer...served as Element Leader...spent eight years playing in a school orchestra...enjoys writing and playing music...comes from a family with a strong military history...has one uncle, Brook "Holly" Rollins, who is currently serving in the Air Force Reserves...traveled to Osan AB, Korea, for Operation Air Force over the summer...also participated in the Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory (FERL) and worked Basic Cadet Training ...favorite events are the still rings, because "I feel in control and secure", and the high bar, because "it's a lot of fun to fly through the air"...member of Cadet Squadron 20.