Five Academy Records Fall in Regular Season Finale
March 20, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by a new team total and freshman Colton Wulf's Academy-record on the floor exercise, the 10th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team wrapped up the regular season with an impressive showing on Sunday, March 20, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. The Falcons set three event records, en route to a program-best team score of 347.500.
Wulf scored a 15.400 to win the floor exercise and move into first on the program's all-time list. Wulf's score - a personal improvement by 0.600 - broke Greg Stine's 2008 record of 15.200. The freshman, who also improved his all-around score to 86.500 to win the combined event competition, became just the second Air Force gymnast to crack the 15-point mark on the floor exercise, joining Stine who accomplished that feat on six occasions.
In addition to setting the new overall team score in their dual meet with a partial squad from Washington, the Falcons also set Academy records on the floor (59.600), rings (59.400) and parallel bars (57.100).
Senior Nash Mills accounted for three first-place finishes on the day, including a career-best 15.300 on the still rings. That score - a personal improvement for Mills by a half-point - is the ninth-best score in Academy history. Mills also finished first on the parallel bars (14.400) and high bar (14.000).
Sophomore Nick Owen won his second consecutive pommel horse title, taking first with a score of 14.200. Ben Zaiser scored a career-best matching 15.600 win the vault, marking the fifth time in nine meets that the freshman has accounted for that score.
Air Force accounted for at least the top three spots on all events.
Sophomore Tory Brown and senior Aaron Zaiser placed second (14.900) and third (14.800), respectively, on the floor exercise, while senior Dan Klimkowski and Wulf placed second and third on the pommel horse. Klimkowski tallied a season-high score of 14.00, while Wulf improved his career score to 13.600. Klimkowski also placed second on the still rings with a season-high 14.800 and freshman Tyler Huebner improved his personal mark on that event to 14.700 to take third.
The Zaiser brothers claimed the top-two finishes on the vault, as Aaron placed second to Ben with a season-high 15.300. Mills scored a 15.200 to finish third on that event. Brown picked up a second-place tally on the parallel bars behind a career-best 14.300, while Wulf and senior Matt Thorne tied for third with matching marks of 14.200. Wulf was the runner-up on the high bar with a 13.900, while sophomore James Okamoto scored a 13.800 to finish third.
Air Force returns to action next weekend, when it returns to Springfield, Mass., for the 2011 USAG Collegiate National Championships. The Falcons will look to defend its team title on March 25, while the top finishers from the team competition will advance to the event finals on March 26.