Loeser, Houder and Rogers Lead `Team B-52' To Victory
Dec. 6, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Backed by a pair of first-place finishes from senior Abigail Rogers, as well as top placements from senior Josiah Loeser and freshman Jacob Houder, "Team B-52" won the first-ever Air Force Gymnastics Mixed Pairs Meet on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Academy's West Gym.
The "team" scores were determined by combining the top six men's scores and the top five women's scores, regardless of what event they were from. The B-52s won the meet with a score of 130.900. The F-15s tallied a team score of 128.050 to finish second, while The F-22s (125.500) and The F-16s (122.400) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Rogers won the balance beam (9.700) and floor exercise (9.800), while Loeser and Houder earned the top marks on the still rings (14.200) and pommel horse (13.400), respectively. Loeser was also second on the vault (15.200), while Houder claimed second on the high bar (13.000).
Joining Rogers, Loeser and Houder on the top-scoring team were sophomores Lisa Wong and Derek Kvedar. Wong's top finish was a third-place tie with Rogers on the vault (9.200), while Kvedar placed fifth on the high bar (11.000), his only event of the night.
As a member of The F-15s, sophomore Aaron Zaiser received a pair of first-place scores, claiming the top honors on the floor exercise (13.800) and vault (15.400). Junior Garrett Canter, another member of The F-15s, won the high bar with a score of 13.400, while sophomore Matthew Thorne, representing The F-16s, won the parallel bars with a mark of 13.200.
Both programs received high marks from their youngest team members, as freshmen earned at least one of top-three scores in nine of the 10 contested events.
In addition to winning the pommel horse and taking second on the high bar, Houder placed third on the parallel bars (12.600). Chase Nobles (The F-15s) recorded a second-place score of 13.100 on the pommel horse, while Devin Menefee of The F-22s placed second on the still rings (14.000) and third on the vault (15.000).
Along with posting the top vault score, Jones tied for second on the uneven bars (9.300) with classmate Jenna Dudley (The F-16s), who finished second on the floor (9.600), third on the balance beam (9.100) and tied for third on the vault (9.200).
The women open the 2009 season on Friday, Jan. 9, with the Air Force Triangular, while the men kick off the season the following night (Jan. 10) hosting the Rocky Mountain Open.