Air Force Defeats Army and Navy to Keep All-Academy Title
Feb. 18, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Claiming four of the six event titles, the ninth-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team successfully defended its All-Academy Championship title on Saturday, Feb. 18, in San Jose, Calif. The Falcons scored a 327.800 to defeat their service academy rivals from No. 13 Navy (325.650) and No. 12 Army (317.600) at the San Jose State Spartan Gym.
James Okamoto picked up a pair of first-place finishes, winning the pommel horse and high bar titles. The junior scored a career-best matching tally of 14.600 to take first on the pommel horse, while posting a total of 14.000 to win the high bar.
Freshman Josh Ramos and senior Devin Menefee also claimed event titles for the Falcons at the annual service academy meet. Ramos scored a career-best matching 14.600 to easily win the floor exercise, bettering the field by nearly one point. Menefee also claimed an easy victory for the Falcons, tallying a 14.800 to win the still rings. In addition to his win on the floor exercise, Ramos picked up a top-five finish on the parallel bars (13.350).
Sophomore Ben Zaiser and freshman Corbin Palmer had strong showings at the meet, as they each collected three top-five finishes, including a tie for third on the vault (14.200). Zaiser tied for second on the still rings (14.100) and finished fourth on the floor exercise (13.650), while Palmer finished fifth on the floor exercise (13.600) and tied for the same placement on the high bar (13.300).
Three other Falcons earned top-five finishes in their respective events, as freshman Skyler Awisus scored a career-best 13.550 to take third on the high bar, while classmate Nick Gaudlip earned the same placement on the floor exercise with a mark of 13.800. Sophomore Patrick Duffy finished fifth on the pommel horse with a season-best score of 13.850.
The Falcons head to the East Coast next weekend for a dual meet with Army on Friday, Feb. 24, in West Point, N.Y., before heading to Philadelphia, Pa., on Sunday, Feb. 26, to take on Temple.