Jan. 24, 2013
After opening the season with two straight home competitions, the No. 11 Air Force men's gymnastics team travels to Minneapolis, Minn., for a Saturday (Jan. 26) afternoon dual with seventh-ranked Minnesota. The meet, the Gophers' home opener, is slated to begin at 1 p.m. (CST) at the Sports Pavilion.
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE MEET...
The Gophers will have live video streaming of Saturday's dual with Air Force on www.GopherSports.com. A fee will apply for Minnesota's subscription service.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Minnesota, ranked seventh in the most recent GymInfo Rankings with a season-opening score of 425.750, is coming off of a fourth-place finish at the 43rd annual Windy City Invitational. The Gophers are tied for second on the high bar (70.950) and ranked fourth on the vault (72.600). Individually, Sean Bauer is ranked fifth on the floor exercise (15.200), while Coleman Harris is tied for sixth on the pommel horse (15.000).
CHECK OUT THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
After two weeks of competition, the Falcons are ranked 11th in the GymInfo Rankings with an average of 409.850. As a team, Air Force is ranked among the nation's top 10 on the vault, holding a seventh-place average of 72.050. Individually, Josh Pyne is tied for 17th with a two-score average of 14.675.
AIR FORCE DOWNS ARMY
Air Force recorded a season-best score of 414.200 to defeat service academy rival Army (408.100) on Jan. 19. It is the sixth consecutive dual meet victory for the Falcons over the Black Knights and the 10th overall (including the All-Academy Championships). Air Force captured three event titles, while improving its season total by nearly nine points.
BROWN MATCHES ACADEMY VAULT STANDARD
Tory Brown scored a career-best 14.750 to win the vault in the Falcons' victory over Army on Jan. 19. That score, a 0.100 personal improvement, matches the Academy record. Brown became the third Falcon in the first two weeks of the season to match Ben Zaiser's original standard.
AIR FORCE TRIO EARNS DUAL MEET TITLES
Three Falcons used season-best scores to capture event titles in the Falcons' Jan. 19 meet with Army. In addition to Tory Brown's victory on the vault, Nick Gaudlip and Josh Ramos won the floor exercise (14.800) and parallel bars (14.600), respectively. Brown also earned a runner-up finish on the parallel bars (14.250), while Ramos tied for second on the high bar (13.900).
HIGH FLYING HIGH BAR
Air Force claimed five of the top-six scores on the high bar during the meet against Army. Josh Ramos and Skyler Awisus tied for second with matching marks of 13.900 (career-best for Awisus), while Nick Gaudlip (13.550), Denis Aurelius (career-best 13.500) and Corbin Palmer (13.100) finished fourth through sixth, respectively.
BUT, WAIT THERE'S MORE
The Falcons also dominated the top of the pommel horse standings, earning four of the top-five scores. Nick Owen finished second with a tally of 14.100, while Josh Ramos used an event-debut tally of 14.000 to take third. Greg Chaput and Corbin Palmer rounded out the Falcons' top-five finishers, with respective fourth- (season-best 13.650) and fifth-place (13.300) scores.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons continue their eight-meet road swing, traveling to Seattle to face Washington on Friday, Feb. 1. The meet, the first of two duals between Air Force and Washington, will run in conjunction with the UW women's gymnastics Pac-12 meet against Arizona. Action is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (PST) inside Alaska Airlines Arena.