March 29, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. - Highlighted by a runner-up finish on the pommel horse from freshman Tim Wang, the 10th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team wrapped up competition at the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday, March 29, in Norman, Okla.
Wang posted the program's highest individual conference finish in at least the last decade, as he scored a 14.850 to tie for second on the pommel horse. The freshman paced the Falcons to a pair of top-10 finishes in that event, as senior Nick Owen added a ninth-place score of 14.450.
Junior Jon Spiro added a top-three finish to the Falcons' lineup, as he tied for third on the still rings with a season-best score of 15.200. In addition to marking the second straight season that an Air Force gymnast has earned a top-three placement on the rings, Spiro led a trio of Falcons to finishes within the top half of the field on that event, as junior Gared Chapman and senior Tyler Huebner tied for seventh with matching scores of 14.950.
Freshman Chase Cannon claimed a sixth-place finish on the high bar in his debut at the conference championships, recording his second-highest score of the season (14.600).
Wang, who finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 85.900, also accounted for top-10 finishes on the floor exercise and vault, while equaling the squad's best finish on the parallel bars. Backed by the seventh-highest floor score in Academy history (15.050), Wang tied for ninth on that event. He also tied for 10th on the vault, as he and senior Ben Zaiser recorded matching marks of 14.650. Wang and junior Greg Chaput rounded out the list of Air Force leaders, as they scoring matching marks of 14.400 to tie for 12th on the parallel bars.
Top-ranked Oklahoma captured its 12th MPSF title in the last 15 years with a score of 446.100, while third-ranked Stanford finished second with a 435.700. Ninth-ranked California and 10th-ranked Air Force rounded out the conference field with respective third- (427.150) and fourth-place (425.650) finishes.
Air Force's team score was over 10 points higher than the total it produced at last year's MPSF meet.
The Falcons are off from competition until April 10-12, when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2014 NCAA Championships weekend. The list of qualifiers to the national meet will be announced next week.