USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – The 11th-ranked Air Force men’s gymnastics team registered a season-high total of 400.450 this afternoon (Feb. 3) during a home contest against seventh-ranked Minnesota (413.250). Senior Fletcher Braunton nabbed an event title on the still rings, as the Falcons surpassed the 400-point mark for the first time this season – just the ninth team in the country to reach that standard.
In addition to being a season-high score, the Falcons’ 400.450 is the ninth-highest total in program history.
Braunton scored a 14.350 to win the still rings, while classmate Michael Graft finished within the top-half of the field, as he scored a 13.400 to tie for sixth. The pair also accounted for two of the top-three scores on the pommel horse (Braunton – second at 13.550; Graft – third at 13.400), while Graft was the team’s top finisher on the vault (fifth at 14.350).
Junior Christian Kalustian placed among the top-half of the 12-gymnast field in three events, while classmate Jonah Urlaub also earned top-six finishes in multiple events. Kalustian, who finished fifth on the floor exercise (13.700) and high bar (13.300), added a sixth-place score of 14.100 on the vault, while Urlaub placed third on the floor exercise (14.000) and took sixth on the pommel horse (13.250).
Fellow junior Lukas Texeira was the Falcons’ top scorer on the high bar, as he scored a 14.150 to take third, and freshman Allen Shadan earned the squad’s highest score on the parallel bars (13.350, fifth). Juniors Casey Branin and Eric Klein also placed within the top half of the field on those events, as they finished sixth on the parallel bars (13.250) and high bar (12.950), respectively.
Air Force returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 10), when it travels to San Antonio, Texas, for the annual All-Academy Championship meet.