Tyler Huebner Nets Still Rings Record in Win over Army
Feb. 14, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Tallying an Academy-record score of 15.800 to easily win the still rings, Air Force senior Tyler Huebner paced the men's gymnastics team to a victory over service academy rival Army on Friday, Feb. 14, in West Point. With a score that was nearly one-point better than the rest of the field, Huebner claimed one of the Falcons' three first-place finishes in the team win.
Huebner became the first Falcon since 2009 to impact the program's top-five as he used a half-point personal improvement to break the previous 2008 mark of 15.700.
Junior Gared Chapman and freshman Chase Cannon added event titles to the Falcons' night, finishing first on the vault and high bar, respectively. Chapman, who also finished fifth on the still rings (13.900), improved his season-high score on the vault by over one point (15.050) for his first event title of the season, while Cannon posted the squad's second-highest score of the year (14.450, a career-high by nearly one point) to earn his first collegiate title.
Several other Falcons placed within the top half of the field in these three events. Junior Jon Spiro finished third on the rings behind a score of 14.700, while sophomore Denis Aurelius took sixth with a 13.800. Senior Ben Zaiser added a sixth-place score of 14.700 on the vault, while Air Force posted three additional top-six placements on the high bar. Junior Skyler Awisus was the runner-up on the high bar with a career-best tally of 14.250, while the pair of freshman Tim Wang and senior Mac Ritchie finished fifth (13.800) and sixth (13.600), respectively.
Junior Greg Chaput and senior Nick Owen tied for the Falcons' top spot on the pommel horse, tallying matching scores of 14.100 to take second. Wang and Spiro added finishes within the top-half of the field on that event, as they finished fourth (13.350) and sixth (12.950), respectively. With a second-place score of 14.200, junior Josh Ramos paced the Falcons to three of the top-four finishes on the parallel bars, as classmate Nick Gaudlip finished third (14.150) and Awisus finished fourth (14.050). Aurelius and Gaudlip also picked up finishes within the top-half of the field on the floor exercise, placing second (14.300) and fifth (14.250), respectively.
As a team, the ninth-ranked Falcons picked up a narrow 417.850-416.050 win over the 13th-ranked Black Knights. The win marked Air Force's seventh-straight dual-meet win over Army.
The Falcons continue their east coast road swing tomorrow, when they head to Philadelphia, Pa., for a triangular meet with No. 16 Temple and No. 17 Illinois-Chicago. Action is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.