Feb. 20, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Highlighted by a third-place finish on the high bar from junior Nick Gaudlip, two members of the Air Force men's gymnastics team wrapped up a strong day of preliminary action at the 2014 Winter Cup Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Both Gaudlip and freshman Tim Wang advanced to the Wing Open finals, marking the first time in program history that an Air Force gymnast has advanced to the second day of competition at that national event.
Gaudlip tallied a season-best score of 14.350 to finish third in a 30-competitor high bar field of the morning preliminary session at the Riviera Royale Pavilion in Las Vegas. The Falcons' junior also accounted for matching scores of 12.400 on the floor exercise and parallel bars, while participating on the pommel horse (11.550) for just the second time this season.
Wang accounted for two individual top-10 finishes, en route to an eighth-place finish in the all-around (fifth among collegiate gymnasts). Wang scored a 13.950 to tie for seventh on the high bar, while adding an eighth-place (tie) score of 13.150 on the pommel horse. He also tied for 12th on the floor exercise (14.350), while finishing among the top-half of the field with 16th-place finishes on the vault (14.300) and parallel bars (13.250). A still rings' score of 13.050 rounded out his all-around score of 82.050.
With his third-place finish on the high bar, Gaudlip earned an automatic spot into Saturday's Winter Cup finals, while Wang advanced as one of the top 24 all-arounders in the combined preliminary sessions. The 2014 Winter Cup Challenge concludes at 7:15 p.m. (PST) on Feb. 22.