Joel Uptmor Sets Academy Vault Record
Jan. 24, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - In just his second collegiate meet, freshman Joel Uptmor set an Academy record on the vault as the Air Force men's gymnastics team competed at the Navy Open in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Falcons were well-represented among the event winners, as Uptmor was one of three Falcons to win events at the eight-team competition.
Uptmor won the vault with a score of 15.550, displacing Greg Stine's previous record by .150. The score was a half point above the meet's runner.
Senior Jake Schonig won the still rings with a tally of 14.300, while freshman Jacob Houder claimed top honors on the parallel bars with a career-best matching score of 13.800. Houder also posted the Falcons' best finish of the night on the high bar, placing sixth with a score of 14.100.
Air Force accounted for four additional top-10 finishes, as well as sophomore Dan Klimkowski's fifth-place finish in the all-around (78.900). Klimkowski and classmate Aaron Zaiser for the Falcons' top score on the floor exercise with matching marks of 14.200. Fellow sophomore Nash Mills finished eighth on the parallel bars with a score of 13.250, while junior Garrett Canter tied for ninth on the pommel horse with a total of 12.900.
Overall, Air Force finished fifth with a team score of 324.100. That score was a six-point improvement over its season-opening mark and featured the second-best high bar score in Air Force history. With all six scores moving into the program's top-20, Air Force tallied a combined team mark of 54.950.
Houder's high bar total of 14.100 is the fifth-best in program history, while Mills matched the seventh-best score at 13.800. Junior Brennan Wolford's mark of 13.650 tied for 10th, while Klimkowski (13.400) is 14th. Freshman Devin Menefee (13.200) and Uptmor (13.150) rounded out the Falcons' impressive high bar lineup with the 17th and 18th-best scores in Academy history.
Navy won its own invitational with a score of 332.500. William and Mary finished second (327.750), while Temple scored 326.350 to take third. With a score of 324.150, Springfield edged out the Falcons by a narrow .050 margin to take the fourth-place spot. MIT rounded out the college squads with a total of 307.650.
The Falcons travel to Philadelphia, Pa., tomorrow (Jan. 25) for a rematch with Temple.