Jan. 17, 2013
It is service academy rivalry week at Air Force, as the seventh-ranked men's gymnastics team hosts eighth-ranked Army on Saturday, Jan. 19. The two squads, separated by just 1.350 points in the national rankings after one week of competition, will face off at 1 p.m., at the Cadet West Gym. Admission is free to all home gymnastics dual meets.
Meet Notes 02: vs. Army
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE MEET...
The Falcons will have live video streaming of Saturday's dual with Army. The free video feed can be accessed by clicking on the camera icon on the schedule page of GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Army, ranked eighth in the most recent GymInfo Poll with a season-opening score of 404.150, is coming off of a loss to fourth-ranked Penn State (446.850) last Saturday in State College. Senior Garrek Hojan-Clark is the current national leader on the pommel horse after scoring a 15.400 to win the event title at Army's dual with Penn State.
AIR FORCE-ARMY 2012
Backed by four of the six event titles, Air Force claimed a 334.000-326.000 victory over Army during the annual dual between the two programs. Josh Ramos won the floor exercise and parallel bars, while Corbin Palmer and James Okamoto took first on the vault and high bar, respectively.
WE'LL BE SEEING YOU
Air Force and Army will meet again at the All-Academy Championships on Saturday, Feb. 16. The annual meet between the three service academies will be held this year at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
CHECK OUT THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
As a team, Air Force is tied second on the vault in the national rankings with a score of 72.950. Individually, Tory Brown is tied for seventh on the floor exercise (14.650), while Josh Pyne and Gared Chapman are tied for eighth with matching Academy-record scores of 14.750.
CHAPMAN, PYNE MATCH ACADEMY VAULT RECORD
Recording matching marks of 14.750 on the vault, Gared Chapman and Josh Pyne equaled the program standard in that event during the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open. The pair matched the Academy mark that Ben Zaiser first recorded during the 2012 meet at Nebraska.
FALCONS TAKE THIRD AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN OPEN
The 11th-ranked Falcons scored a 405.500 to place third at the 32nd-annual Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 12. Third-ranked Oklahoma won its 14th straight RMO title with a combined score of 423.500, while No. 9 Nebraska finished second with a 418.900 total. Arizona State rounded out the four-team meet with a fourth-place tally of 392.300.
GETTING ON THE PODIUM
Three Falcons earned a spot on the medal podium at the conclusion of the Rocky Mountain Open, based on top-three performances in the collegiate field. Tory Brown finished second on the floor exercise with a score of 14.650, while Gared Chapman and Josh Pyne tied for second among collegiate competitors (fourth overall) on the vault).
Nick Owen, who missed the 2012 season while recovering from shoulder surgery, was the Falcons' lone top-10 finisher on the pommel horse, tying for fourth with a career-best score of 14.400. That score is tied for sixth on the program's all-time list.
DUO INVITED TO WINTER CUP CHALLENGE
Mac Ritchie and Gared Chapman were selected to compete at the prestigious Winter Cup Challenge, which will help determine the 2013 U.S. Men's Senior National Team. It is the fourth straight year that the Falcons have had multiple selections to the Winter Cup in Las Vegas.
FALCONS MATCH BEST PRESEASON RANKINGS
Air Force recorded its highest preseason ranking ever, when it was tabbed 11th in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll. It is the fifth straight year that the Falcons were listed among the nation's top teams, as well as receiving the highest ranking among the three service academies.
HOME SWEET HOME
Air Force will compete at home on five occasions during the 2013 season. Following the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 12, the Falcons will host Army on Jan. 19. After spending eight weeks on the road, Air Force returns to the Academy for a pair of meets on March 14 (Temple) and March 16 (Washington). The Falcons will also host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships for the third straight year on April 6.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
Air Force added four talented freshmen - Denis Aurelius, Thomas Oweida, Zach Owen and Josh Pyne - to its roster for the 2013 season. The Falcons also welcome back Owen's older brother, Nick, who missed the 2012 season with a medical turnback while recovering from shoulder surgery.
STAYING CLOSE TO HOME
Air Force has one Colorado native on its roster in sophomore Nick Gaudlip, a 2011 graduate of Rampart High School in Colorado Springs.
ON THE SIDELINES
Olympian Kip Simons, a member of the USAG Hall of Fame, is in his eighth season as head coach of the Air Force men's gymnastics team. He will be joined in the gym by third-year assistant coach Jeff Robinson and first-year assistant coach Josh Loeser.
LEADING THE WAY
Seniors Tory Brown and James Okamoto will serve as captains for the 2013 Falcons.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
After opening the season with two home consecutive meets, the Falcons head out for the next eight competitions. Air Force opens the road swing on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it travels to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota in a 1 p.m. (CST) matchup at the Sports Pavilion.