Feb. 1, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 12th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team swept the individual event titles, en route to a 402.600-353.900 dual-meet road victory over Washington on Friday, Feb. 1. Senior Tory Brown paced the Falcons with titles on the vault and parallel bars.
Brown scored the second-highest vault of his career (14.700) to win that event, while adding a score of 13.800 to take the parallel bars title. Sophomore Nick Gaudlip won the floor exercise with a mark of 14.600, while junior Nick Owen garnered a score of 14.200 to place first on the pommel horse. Classmate Tyler Huebner won the still rings with a 14.650, while sophomore Skyler Awisus rounded out the Falcons' first-place finishers with a 13.600 on the high bar.
Air Force claimed at least four of the top scores in all six events and swept the top five places on the pommel horse, still rings, vault and high bar.
Owen's winning mark of 14.200 paced the Falcons' pommel horse squad. Sophomores Greg Chaput (13.050) and Jon Spiro (12.400) finished second and third, respectively, while sophomore Josh Ramos finished fourth (12.300) and freshman Zach Owen placed fifth (11.350).
The Falcons sent just five gymnasts up on the still rings and easily swept the top five placements in the event standings. Huebner won the rings' title with a 14.550, while classmate Ben Zaiser and freshman Denis Aurelius tied for second with matching scores of 13.750 (career-best matching score for Aurelius). Junior Mac Ritchie placed fourth with a season-best 13.600 and Spiro placed fifth with a 13.200.
Brown (14.700), Zaiser (14.400), Aurelius (career-best 14.350) and sophomore Corbin Palmer (14.100) all surpassed the 14-point mark on the vault to take the top four placements, while (Zach) Owen finished fifth with a debut score of 13.850. On the high bar, Awisus (13.600), Ritchie (13.400), Palmer (13.300), Brown (13.150) and Gaudlip (12.550) combined to score the top-five scores.
With his winning mark of 14.600, Gaudlip paced the Falcons to the top four spots on the floor exercise. Freshman Josh Pyne finished second with a score of 13.600, while (Zach) Owen scored an event debut of 13.300 to take third. Zaiser rounded out the quartet, as he tied for fourth with a tally of 13.250. The Falcons also claimed four of the top-five scores on the parallel bars. Brown won the event with a 13.800, while Awisus and Ritchie finished second (13.750) and third (13.650), respectively, and Palmer tallied a 12.800 to finish fifth.
The Falcons are off from team competition next weekend, as select individuals travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the prestigious Winter Cup Challenge on Feb. 7-9.