March 15, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. - Senior Mac Ritchie shattered his own Academy record on the high bar, as the 10th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team wrapped up the 2014 regular season at a five-team competition in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, March 15.
Ritchie scored a 15.350 to win the high bar and add 0.250 to the Academy record he first set last year at the USAG national meet. He also paced the Falcons to three top-10 finishes in that event. Junior Josh Ramos finished seventh with a score of 14.750, while freshman Tim Wang placed ninth at 14.700. As a squad, the Falcons accounted for a team score of 72.550 - a mark that equals the second-highest combined score in program history.
Air Force also earned a top-10 finish from senior Tyler Huebner, who finished eighth on the still rings with a score of 14.850. Classmate Nick Owen earned a finish among the top-half of the field on the pommel horse, scoring a 13.950 to finish 11th.
Wang, who picked up a third-place finish in the all-around (84.950), recorded the Falcons' best finish on the parallel bars, as he scored a 14.400 to take 14th. Junior Corbin Palmer posted the team's top score on the vault (career-best 14.600) to finish 15th, while Ramos and senior Ben Zaiser shared the team's top marks on the floor exercise, as they tied for 16th with matching scores of 14.500.
Seventh-ranked Iowa won the five team meet with a score of 437.250, while sixth-ranked Illinois took second with a 434.850. Fifth-ranked Minnesota (third, 432.000), 12th-ranked Nebraska (fourth, 428.450) and Air Force (422.000) rounded out the five-team field.
The Falcons begin championship season next weekend, as they travel to Annapolis, Md., for the 2014 USAG Collegiate National Championships. The team finals will take place on Friday, March 21, while the individual event finals are schedule for Saturday, March 22.