April 11, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Highlighted by a top-10 finish from freshman Tim Wang, five members of the Air Force men's gymnastics team continued competition at the 2014 NCAA Championships this evening (April 11) in Ann Arbor, Mich. All five of the Falcons' competitors earned top-25 finishes during the individual event preliminaries.
Wang finished 12th in the all-around finals with a combined score of 83.000. Highlighting his overall performance was a 10th-place finish on the pommel horse (14.950) - the squad's best individual finish of the night. He also competed on the floor exercise (14.150, 35th), still rings (13.400, 39th), vault (13.850, 40th), parallel bars (13.450, 39th) and high bar (13.200, 40th).
Junior Nick Gaudlip tied for 13th on the high bar behind a score of 14.550, while classmate Josh Ramos tied for 18th with a score of 14.800 - his second-highest score of the season. Sophomore Denis Aurelius scored a 14.900 to tie for 21st on the floor exercise, while junior Gared Chapman, making his second straight appearance in the individual event preliminary, scored a 14.400 on the still rings to finish 24th overall.
Michigan scored a 445.050 to successfully defend its national title, while Air Force's conference foes Oklahoma and Stanford finished second (441.650) and third (436.300), respectively. Michigan also secured the all-around title for the third time in four years, as Sam Mikulak scored a 91.100 to claim his third such title.
Wang will close out the 2014 campaign tomorrow (Saturday, April 12), when he competes in the NCAA's individual event finals. As one of the preliminary round's top-10 finishers on the pommel horse, Wang is the first Falcon since 2008 to advance to the final day of the NCAA Championships. The event finals are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., inside Michigan's Crisler Center.