Feb. 23, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Highlighted by a record-setting performance on the vault and a record-matching routine on the pommel horse, the 12th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team dropped a 440.300-420.050 contest to No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 23, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dual.
Sophomore Gared Chapman improved his own Academy record on the vault for the second straight week, as he scored a 15.050 to win the event title. Junior Nick Owen, who has added a half-point to his score since the start of the season, tallied a personal-best 14.900 to tie for second and match the program standard that James Okamoto has held for the last year.
Chapman also paced the Falcons on the still rings with a third-place score of 14.650. He was one of two Air Force gymnasts to finish within the top half of the field on both the vault and still rings. Senior Tory Brown placed third on the vault with a mark of 14.800, while junior Tyler Heubner tied for fifth on the rings behind a score of 14.300.
Sophomore Greg Chaput earned a top-three finish on the parallel bars, scoring a season-high 14.300 to take third. In addition to his third-place finish on the vault, Brown earned a top-six placement on the high bar, finishing sixth with a season-high 13.750. Junior Mac Ritchie led Air Force on the bar with a fifth-place score of 14.000, while classmate Ben Zaiser was the top-scoring Falcon on the floor exercise, as he earned a 14.550 to finish fifth.
The Falcons' team total of 420.050 is their second-highest tally of the season.
Air Force returns to action next weekend, when it travels to Chicago for a pair of dual meet competitions with Illinois-Chicago. The Falcons and Flames will face off on Friday, March 1, and again on Sunday, March 3.