WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior Tim Wang, junior Jonathon Fornoff and sophomore Lukas Texeira registered top-10 individual finishes this afternoon (April 21), as the 10th-ranked Air Force men’s gymnastics team opened its national championship weekend with a sixth-place team finish at the NCAA National Qualifier in West Point, New York.
Wang recorded the Falcons’ best finish of the day, as he tied for second on the vault with a score of 14.850 – a mark just 0.050 off of his own Academy record. The senior, who placed fourth in the all-around with a combined total of 82.250, also earned a 10th-place finish on the high bar (13.700) and tied with Fornoff for that placement on the parallel bars (14.250, career-best for Wang).
Texeira registered the second-highest score of his career on the high bar – a team-leading 13.900 – to finish seventh out of more than 30 competitors on that event.
The 10th-place tie from Fornoff and Wang paced Air Force to four finishes within the top half of the field on the parallel bars. Sophomore Casey Branin registered a 14.100 – the second-highest score of his career – to tie for 13th, while classmate Jake Stanley posted a personal-best score of 14.050 to finish 15th in the meet and move into a tie for eighth on the Academy’s all-time standings.
Junior Fletcher Braunton was the Falcons’ top finisher on two events, as he placed 11th on the pommel horse (14.000) and tied for 14th on the still rings (13.750). Wang finished right behind Braunton on the pommel horse for the Falcons’ second finish within the top-half of the field on that event (12th tie, 13.950), while sophomore Eric Klein joined Wang among the top half of the overall standings on the vault (16th tie, 14.150). Fellow sophomore Christian Kalustian rounded out the Falcons’ list of event leaders, as he scored a 13.700 to tie for 19th on the floor exercise.
Overall, the Falcons registered a 403.800 to finish sixth in the team standings. Second-ranked Stanford won the qualifier with a score of 420.450, while third-ranked Ohio State and No. 7 Nebraska finished second (414.650) and third (413.050), respectively, to earn a spot in the team finals. Sixth-ranked Penn State finished fourth with a score of 410.500, while No. 11 Michigan (406.950) and Air Force rounded out the first qualifying session.
Based on their individual finishes during this afternoon’s qualifier, Fornoff (parallel bars), Texeira (high bar) and Wang (all-around) advanced into the finals of the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, which will take place tomorrow (April 22) at 6:00 p.m., inside Army West Point’s Holleder Center.