April 12, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Air Force freshman gymnast Tim Wang became the Academy's first All-American on the pommel horse - and the program's first in any event since 2008 - after finishing fourth on that apparatus during the individual event finals of the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, April 12.
After finishing 10th on the pommel horse during last night's event prelims, Wang returned to center stage at Michigan's Crisler Center for the event finals - the first Falcon to advance to the third night of national competition since 2008. Wang earned a 14.800 from the judges, which was fourth among the 10-competitor field.
Wang becomes the ninth Air Force gymnast to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Championships and the first since Greg Stine (still rings, all-around) in 2008. The Falcons' other All-Americans include Jim Weaver (trampoline, 1962), Doug Reynolds (tumbling, 1064), Terry Higgins (parallel bars, 1966), Bill Ritter (floor exercise, 1972), John Tomich (vault, 1973) and Stine.
Minnesota's Ellis Mannon won the pommel horse with a score of 15.425, while Oklahoma's Michael Reid (second, 15.175), Stanford's Akash Modi (third, 14.825), Penn State's Craig Hernandez (fifth, 14.775), Illinois' Logan Bradley (sixth, 14.675), California's Donothan Bailey (seventh, 14.650) and Illinois' Chad Mason (eighth, 14.100) joined Wang as the event's All-American honorees.
Oklahoma's Alec Robin won the floor exercise (15.425) and vault (15.250), while teammate Michael Squires finished first on the still rings (15.800). Michigan's Sam Mikulak won the parallel bars with a score of 15.875 and Illinois' Jordan Valdez rounded out the field of national champions, as he won the high bar with a score of 15.525.