March 3, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. - Claiming four of the six event titles, the 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team completed a season sweep of No. 16 Illinois-Chicago, taking a 420.050-411.750 victory on Sunday, March 3, in Chicago.
Senior Tory Brown, who won three event titles during the Falcons' first dual meet with UIC on Friday, collected another pair of first-place finishes today, winning the vault and high bar. Brown recorded a career-best, Academy-matching mark of 15.050 to take first in the vault, while tallying a personal-best 14.500 (the sixth-best score in Academy history) to win the high bar.
Three Falcons combined to take home the final two first-place finishes. Junior Mac Ritchie and sophomore Greg Chaput tied for first on the parallel bars with matching marks of 14.000, while sophomore Gared Chapman placed first on the still rings with a 14.800.
Brown and junior Ben Zaiser were the Falcons' top finishers on the floor exercise, tying for second with matching marks of 14.450, while Chaput and classmate Nick Gaudlip tied fourth (13.800) to lead Air Force on the pommel horse (career-best for Gaudlip).
Chapman led the Falcons to four of the top-five scores on the still rings, including a sweep of the top-three finishes. Sophomore Jon Spiro scored a 14.600 to finish second, while junior Tyler Huebner placed third with a 14.550. Freshman Denis Aurelius rounded out the Air Force finishes within the top-half of the field, as he tied for fifth with a 14.000.
Air Force earned several additional six top-five finishes. Zaiser finished third on the vault (14.650), while Gaudlip earned the same placement on the high bar with a 14.300 and tied for fourth on the floor exercise with a 14.350. Sophomore Skyler Awisus tied for fourth on the parallel bars (13.600) and finished fifth on the high bar (career-best 14.100), while Aurelius added a fifth-place 14.500 on the vault.
The Falcons wrap up a span of eight weeks on the road next Friday (March 8), when they travel to Tucson, Ariz., for a neutral site contest with Arizona State and Washington.