March 16, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team closed out the regular season with an Academy-record performance of 431.250 on Saturday, March 16, during a dual meet with No. 19 Washington (343.500) at Cadet West Gym.
With its overall score, Air Force became just the eighth team in the nation to break the 430-point mark.
Two individual records and four team marks fell tonight, including the 4.2-point improvement in the overall team score. Sophomore Nick Gaudlip set an Academy record on the high bar (15.050), while classmate Gared Chapman broke his own program standard on the vault (15.350). In addition, the Falcons set team records on the floor exercise (75.100), vault (73.400) and high bar (71.000), en route to the overall record score of 431.250.
With a score of 15.050 to win the high bar, Gaudlip became the first Air Force gymnast to break the 15-point mark on that event. Chapman, who had held a share of the program's top vault score, added 0.300 to his score to set a new Academy standard during his winning vault of 15.350.
Senior Tory Brown won the floor exercise with the second-highest score in Academy history (15.250), while Gaudlip and Chapman finished second (15.150) and third (15.050), respectively, behind career-best marks.
Juniors Nick Owen and Tyler Huebner won the titles on the pommel horse (14.450) and still rings (15.100), respectively, while sophomore Greg Chaput rounded out the Air Force sweep of first-place finishes with a winning 14.750 on the parallel bars.
Brown joined Gaudlip among the top three on the high bar, as he finished second with a 14.450. Brown also finished third on the vault (14.700), while Gaudlip added that same placement on the parallel bars, as he tied for third with classmate Skyler Awisus (14.300). Chapman also picked up a top-three finish on the still rings, finishing second with a mark of 14.800.
Chaput and junior Patrick Duffy scored matching marks of 13.800 to tie for second on the pommel horse, while junior Mac Ritchie earned that same finish on the parallel bars with a 14.600. Ritchie also placed third on the high bar with a 14.150, while freshman Denis Aurelius, who finished second on the vault with a career-best tally of 14.750, added a third-place finish on the still rings (14.600).
The Falcons are off from competition next weekend, as they train for the 2013 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. Air Force, the three-time defending team champion, will travel to Williamsburg, Va., on March 29-30 for the annual meet, which will be held this year at William and Mary.