Falcons Travel to Cardinal Invitational
WHAT'S COMING UPThe No. 14 Air Force men's gymnastics team hits the road this weekend, when they travel to the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday (Jan. 22). The four-team meet will match the Falcons up with No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 California and Washington. The competition is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. (PST) at Burnham Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University.
YOU LOOK FAMILIARAir Force and Washington are facing each other for the second time in as many weeks (just as Stanford and Cal are). The Falcons narrowly topped the Huskies 184.700-184.625 last Friday in the team finals of the Rocky Mountain Open.
-- SCOUTING STANFORDWith first-place marks on five of six events, Stanford defeated Cal to open the season. The Cardinal was led by freshman Sho Nakamori, who won the floor exercise, parallel bars and high bar.
-- CHECKING OUT CALCalifornia fell to Stanford by a score of 216.275-214.200 in its season-opening meet. Senior Jay Yee was the Bears' lone event winner, winning the pommel horse with a 9.550.
-- WATCHING WASHINGTONWashington finished fifth at the Rocky Mountain Open last weekend. Two Huskies won individual event titles, including Kevin Perkins on the rings (9.600) and Jeff Crockett on the vault (9.400).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...A young Air Force team opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 14. In the annual RMO event, hosted by the Falcons, Air Force totaled a team score of 184.700 to earn the fourth-place score. Top-ranked Oklahoma won the event with a team score of 215.425, while Nebraska finished second with a score of 206.625. Arizona State claimed third (193.325), while Washington (184.625) and four members from the Olympic Training Center (119.300) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, behind Air Force.
LEADING THE WAYAir Force senior Kent Reichle and junior Brian Moore were selected as the captains for the 2005 competitive season. It is the fourth time in the past 10 years that a pair of Falcons has shared the honor of captain.
NEW FACES IN THE CROWDSix freshmen join the Air Force gymnastics team in the form of Brian Boardman, Nathan Glandon, Kevin Murphy, Jon Roberts, Tyler Sickles and Chris Wood.
HOME, SWEET HOMECalifornia and Texas are responsible for eight of the 14 members of the team. Edwin Berry, Jon Roberts, Ryan Stromstad and Chris Wood all call California home, while Nathan Glandon, Josh Loeser, Brian Moore and Kevin Murphy all hail from the Lone Star state. The remaining six gymnasts are from six different states in various parts of the country. They include Kurt Antonio (New Mexico), Brian Boardman (Illinois), Randy Doyle (Georgia), Eric Peele (North Carolina), Kent Reichle (Minnesota) and Tyler Sickles (Arizona).
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CONNECTIONSOf the four California gymnasts, Jon Roberts, Ryan Stromstad and Chris Wood all trained at Gymnastics Pacifica. In Texas, Brian Moore and Kevin Murphy both trained at Houston North Gymnastics.
WELCOME TO THE SHOWFour of the Air Force freshman made their collegiate debut at the Rocky Mountain Open last weekend. Brian Boardman competed in four events, garnering an 8.500 on the vault-the second-best score on the team. Nathan Glandon (8.250-floor, 8.150-vault), Kevin Murphy (8.400-vault) and Tyler Sickles (8.350-high bar) each participated in three events, recording at least one score of over 8.000 in their competitive Air Force debut.