It is the first career award for Aurelius, who won the floor exercise title at the USAG Championships.
The sophomore earned his first USAG national title (floor) and helped Air Force to its fifth straight team title.
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.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2013: Received the team's Freshman of the Year award...earned USAG All-America honors on the floor exercise after placing fifth in the event finals with a score of 13.850...posted a career-best 14.750 to take third on that event in the home victory over Washington...debuted in 12th on the Academy's all-time list with that score...also finished second on the vault at that meet with a career-best mark of 14.750 (the seventh-highest total in Air Force history)...became the eighth Air Force gymnast to score at least 15 points on the still rings...recorded a career-best 15.000 to finish third in Air Force's win over Temple...debuted in 15th on the Academy's all-time list with that score...tallied a personal-best 14.150 on the high bar during the team finals of the USAG National Championships to enter the program's all-time list at 19th.
HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Jonathan Alder High School...lettered in tennis...ranked as the first singles varsity tennis player all four years...graduated with a 3.96 GPA...competed at the club level on the OSU Boys Team...coached by DeRon McIntyre...made the top 36 at nationals as a senior...also finished second in the state that year...earned Academic All-America honors for four years.
PERSONAL: Full name is Denis Robert Aurelius...son of Glen and Dori Aurelius...is a triplet (sisters Krista and Lindsi)...currently undecided on a major...future plans include becoming a pilot...hobbies include playing all sports, including basketball, football and tennis...favorite event is the still rings, because "it's fun"...member of Cadet Squadron 08.