The 10th-ranked Air Force men’s gymnastics team returns to action this weekend, when it travels to the East Coast for a pair of competitions. The Falcons will face service academy rival Army West Point on Friday, Jan. 26, before traveling to Springfield College on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Friday’s 6:00 p.m. (ET) meet against the Black Knights will be held at the Gross Center, while Sunday’s competition at Springfield is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and will be held at Blake Arena. Admission is free to both meets. The two competitions will also be streamed live by the respective home teams and direct links to both webcasts are available on the Falcons’ schedule page.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Army West Point, ranked 12th in the national standings with a two-meet average of 382.225, is coming off of a 407.600-384.100 loss to second-ranked Penn State on Jan. 20. The Black Knights are currently listed among the top-10 on the pommel horse (60.650) and floor exercise (65.025). Springfield, ranked 14th in the NCAA with a 376.750 average, is coming off a second-place finish (season-best 384.250) at the Navy Open on Jan. 20. The Pride are just outside of the nation’s top-10 on the vault, as they are currently ranked 11th with a two-score average of 68.400.
AIR FORCE IN THE RANKINGS
The Falcons are ranked 10th in the nation, with a team score of 389.950, and listed among the country’s top 10 on the still rings (second, 69.000), vault (fifth, 69.900) and parallel bars (seventh, 66.300). Air Force also has three individuals ranked in the top 10, as Fletcher Braunton is ranked second on the still rings (14.650), Lukas Texeira is listed 10th on the high bar (13.650) and Michael Graft holds top-10 spots in two events (vault: fifth, 14.350; still rings: ninth, 13.800).
LAST TIME OUT
The Falcons haven’t competed since the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 13, as the government shutdown cancelled their home meet against preseason favorite Oklahoma on Jan. 20.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force returns to the Academy next Saturday (Feb. 3) to face Minnesota, which is ranked sixth in the latest poll.