Feb. 26, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Winning the pommel horse with a career-best 14.900, Air Force junior James Okamoto set an Academy record in that event, as the 11th-ranked men's gymnastics team finished second at the Temple Tri-Meet on Sunday, Feb. 26, in Philadelphia, Pa.
Temple, the 10th ranked team in the nation, won their home meet with a score of 336.300, while the Falcons collected a total of 334.800 to finish second. Brockport rounded out the meet with a score of 257.600.
Okamoto improved his pommel horse score by 0.300 to easily win that event. The junior, who claimed one of four event titles for the Falcons, also tied for third on the floor exercise (13.800) and for fourth on the high bar (13.700).
Freshman Josh Ramos also claimed an easy event win, as he tallied a 15.000 to win the parallel bars by 0.900 points. Becoming just the second Falcon to reach the 15-point mark, Ramos moved into second on the program's all-time list. Sophomore Mac Ritchie and freshman Corbin Palmer tied for the top spot on the high bar, with matching marks of 14.200. Ramos also tied with Okamoto for third on the floor (13.800).
The Falcons collected four of the top five placements on the still rings. Senior Devin Menefee tied for first with a score of 14.600, while sophomore Tyler Huebner tied for third with a score of 14.200. Freshmen Jon Spiro and Gared Chapman finished fourth (14.100) and fifth (14.000), respectively.
Sophomore Ben Zaiser was the Falcons' top finisher on the vault, posting a score of 14.400. Air Force also earned a top-five finish on that event from Menefee, who scored a 14.200 to tie for third. Freshman Greg Chaput finished third on the pommel horse (14.200) and tied with classmate Nick Gaudlip for fifth on the parallel bars (13.700).
The Falcons return to action this weekend, hosting Illinois-Chicago for a pair of competitions. Air Force and UIC will compete on Friday, March 2, and Sunday, March 4, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym.