Air Force Takes Second at All-Academy Championships
Feb. 18, 2008
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - Backed by four event victories, the Air Force men's gymnastics team finished second at the annual All-Academy Championships late Sunday (Feb. 17) night in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Senior Greg Stine posted the highest finishes on the vault, parallel bars and high bar, while junior Jacob Schonig won the still rings.
As a team, the Falcons won the still rings (56.750) and vault (58.850), en route to a second-place combined score of 322.800. Navy won its first-ever team title with a score of 330.850, while Army, which had won seven of the last eight events, finished third with a total of 318.700.
Stine paced the Falcons with three event victories, winning the vault (15.250), parallel bars (13.800) and high bar (13.900). In addition, Stine placed second in the still rings (14.750) behind Schonig, who won the event with a total of 15.000.
Air Force earned three of the top-five positions on the still rings, as junior Josiah Loeser placed fifth with a mark of 13.750.
Freshman Will Eastman recorded the squad's top finish on the floor exercise, placing sixth with a career-best tally of 14.050. Sophomore Garrett Canter picked up a fourth-place score of 12.600 to lead the Falcons on the pommel horse.
Air Force returns to action next weekend (Feb. 23), when it returns to California for the annual Pacific Coast Classic in Oakland. The Falcons will take on Arizona State, Washington and the New Zealand/Harbour Gymnastics Centre, as well as individuals from Stanford and Cal. Top qualifiers from Friday's Level 10 competition will also take part in the meet.