March 1, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. - Backed by three event titles from senior Tory Brown, the 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team defeated No. 16 Illinois-Chicago 421.850-405.550 on Friday, March 1, at the Physical Education Building in Chicago.
Brown recorded first-place finishes on the floor exercise (15.000), vault (14.900) and parallel bars (14.750). His score on the floor is a personal-best and tied for the fifth-best total in Academy history, while his total on the parallel bars is a career-high and sixth-highest score in the program record books.
Junior Mac Ritchie also claimed a first-place finish for Air Force, scoring a 14.150 to take the title on the high bar. Classmates Nick Owen and Tyler Heubner were the Falcons' top finishers on the remaining events, as the pair placed second on the pommel horse (14.150) and still rings (14.850), respectively.
Air Force claimed four of the top-five scores on the pommel horse and high bar. Following Owen's second-place score, sophomore Jon Spiro equaled his career-high of 14.000 to take third, while classmates Greg Chaput and Nick Gaudlip tied for fourth with matching marks of 13.700. Gaudlip also contributed to the Falcons' collection of scores at the top of the high bar standings, as he finished second to Ritchie with a score of 13.900. Fellow sophomore Skyler Awisus tied for third with a 13.750, while classmate Corbin Palmer finished fifth with a tally of 13.400.
Sophomore Gared Chapman and Spiro helped Air Force to three of the top four marks on the still rings, as they finished third (14.700) and fourth (career-best 14.650), respectively, behind Huebner's runner-up finish.
Junior Ben Zaiser was the runner-up on the vault (14.500), while finishing third on the floor exercise (14.250), while Gaudlip added a third-place score of 14.200 (career-best) on the parallel bars and Chapman picked up a fourth-place 14.400 on the vault.
With the start of March, the new NCAA scoring system went into effect, where each team sends up five gymnasts and all five scores count.
The Falcons remain in the Windy City to face Illinois-Chicago again on Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m.