BERKELEY, Calif. -- Bettering the field by 0.300 points, Air Force senior Tim Wang won the pommel horse title at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Gymnastics Championships this afternoon (April 8) in Berkeley, California. Wang, just the second Air Force gymnast to ever earn a MPSF title, paced the 10th-ranked Falcons to a team score of 402.900.
Air Force, which placed at least one gymnast among the top-10 on five of the six events, finished fourth in the overall team standings. Top-ranked Oklahoma scored a 432.200 to win its sixth straight team title, while second-ranked Stanford earned runner-up honors with a score of 426.850. Host and No. 11 California scored a 410.100 to finish third, while Air Force rounded out the conference standings with its sixth-highest team total under the new scoring system.
Wang captured the Falcons' second pommel horse title in as many years, as he registered a score of 14.750 to win the 20-gymnast event by a 0.300 margin. The senior, who finished fourth in the all-around with a tally 84.300, was the Falcons' top finisher on three other events. Wang scored a 14.700 to place fourth on the vault, while tying for seventh on the parallel bars (13.950) and taking eighth on the floor exercise (14.100).
Sophomore Lukas Texeira added more than a half-point to his career best on the high bar, as he matched the Academy record of 14.450 to finish sixth in the conference standings. Junior Fletcher Braunton rounded out the Falcons' list of top-10 finishers, as he matched his career-high of 14.300 to tie for ninth on the still rings.
Air Force closes out the 2017 season on April 21-22, when it travels to West Point, N.Y., for the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. A complete list of qualifiers will be announced next week.