Air Force Finishes Sixth at NCAA National Qualifier
April 10, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The 10th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team scored a 418.200 to finish sixth in the evening session of the NCAA National Qualifier on Thursday, April 10, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Falcons, making their fourth straight team appearance at the national meet, accounted for four top-10 finishes.
Junior Nick Gaudlip picked up the Falcons' best individual event finish of the night, as he tied for fourth on the high bar with a score of 14.800. Gaudlip was one of three Falcons to place within the top half of the field on that event, as freshman Tim Wang and junior Skyler Awisus tied for 11th (14.400) and 15th (14.250), respectively.
Wang, who finished fourth in the all-around with an 83.650, also paced the Falcons with a top-10 finish on the pommel horse, as he tallied his second-highest score of the season (15.000) to place seventh. Senior Nick Owen joined Wang among the top half of the field on the pommel horse, tying for 17th following a score of 14.200.
Sophomore Denis Aurelius and junior Gared Chapman accounted for another pair of top-10 finishes, as they represented the Falcons among the top of the standings on the floor exercise and still rings, respectively. Aurelius reached the 15-point mark for the second time in three weeks, scoring a 15.150 to finish sixth on the floor, while Chapman tied for ninth on the rings behind a score of 14.700.
Chapman also paced the Falcon on the vault, tying for 15th with a score of 14.700 - his second-highest vault score of the season. Three other Air Force gymnast earned placements within the top half of the field including senior Tyler Huebner, who tied for 18th on the still rings with a score of 14.300. Junior Greg Chaput and Josh Ramos tied for 16th on the parallel bars with matching scores of 14.350.
Host and second-ranked Michigan won the evening session with a score of 444.100, while third-ranked Ohio State (437.950) and sixth-ranked Penn State (433.100) finished second and third, respectively. Seventh-ranked Minnesota (fourth, 429.550), 12th-ranked Nebraska (fifth, 426.350) and the 10th-ranked Falcons (sixth, 418.200) rounded out the field.
The NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships continue tomorrow (Friday, April 11) at Crisler Center, with the team and all-around finals, as well as the preliminaries of the individual event finals.