Joel Uptmor and Jake Schonig Collect Victories at Illinois-Chicago
March 22, 2009
CHICAGO, Ill. - Freshman Joel Uptmor and senior Jake Schonig picked up event victories, as the No. 15 Air Force men's gymnastics wrapped up the regular season at No. 11 Illinois-Chicago on Sunday, March 22. Despite posting their second-highest team total of the season at 332.400, the Falcons were edged by the Flames, 338.400, in the dual meet.
Uptmor posted a career-high score of 14.300 to win the floor exercise, while Schonig posted a winning mark of 15.150 on the still rings. The duo paced the Falcons to two of the top three spots in their respective events. Sophomore Aaron Zaiser garnered a score of 14.250 to take second on the floor exercise, while senior Josiah Loeser tallied a career-high total of 14.750 on the still rings to place third.
Uptmor was also the runner-up on the vault, tallying a score of 15.500, while sophomore Nash Mills finished second in the all-around with a total of 81.950.
Mills was one of three Falcons to finish within the top half of the parallel bars standings, pacing the club with a fourth-place score of 13.850. Junior Garrett Canter finished fifth with a career-high matching score of 13.750, while Zaiser scored a 13.650 to place sixth.
Air Force had several other finishes within the top half of the field. Freshman Chase Nobles and Canter finished fourth (13.250) and fifth (13.150), respectively, on the pommel horse, while freshman Jacob Houder and Mills collected fourth-place (13.750) and sixth-place (13.500) scores on the high bar.
Houder tied with classmate Devin Menefee for sixth on the floor exercise, as both posted career-best totals of 13.700. Menefee also placed sixth on the still rings with a score of 14.000, while Zaiser collected a fifth-place score of 14.500 on the vault.
The Falcons begin post-season action this weekend (March 27-28) when they travel to the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships in Williamsburg, Va.