Air Force Takes Fourth at MPSF Championships
April 6, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team scored a 416.400 to finish fourth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday, April 6, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. Sophomore Gared Chapman paced the Falcons with a third-place finish on the still rings.
Chapman, who scored a 14.900 to tie for third on the rings, was one of two Falcons to earn a trip to the awards podium on that event, as classmate Jon Spiro finished sixth with a score of 14.900. Fellow sophomore Nick Gaudlip tied for fourth on the floor exercise with the second-highest score of his career (15.100), while senior Tory Brown tied for sixth with a score of 14.850. Brown also tied for sixth on the parallel bars following a score of 14.400.
Junior Ben Zaiser tallied a career-best score of 14.800 (the sixth-best total in program history) to collect Air Force's top finish on the vault (seventh). Gaudlip tallied the squad's highest high bar score (14.150) to finish 11th, while senior James Okamoto, who only returned to the lineup last week following a season-long injury, paced the Falcons on the pommel horse, as he tied for 11th with a season-best mark of 13.400.
Stanford's Eddie Penev earned the conference title on the floor exercise (15.950) and the all-around (88.200), while five different gymnasts from Oklahoma - Sergey Resnick (pommel horse, 14.500), Michael Squires (still rings, 15.650), Alec Robin (vault, 15.500), Presten Ellsworth (parallel bars, 14.800), William Clement (high bar, 14.950) - won the remaining titles
Second-ranked OU won the MPSF team title with a total score of 435.350, while fourth-ranked Stanford finished second with 425.950 points. Ninth-ranked California finished third with a score of 419.550, while No. 11 Air Force placed fourth with a tally of 416.400. The Sooners also swept the individual awards, as Ellsworth and Mark Williams were named Gymnast of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.
The 2013 season comes to a close April 19-21, at the NCAA Championships in State College, Pa. The complete list of qualifiers will be announced next week.