Jan. 26, 2012
The Air Force men's gymnastics team, ranked 10th in the national GymInfo rankings, returns to the Academy on Saturday, Jan. 28, for a dual meet with eighth-ranked Minnesota. The meet, which will be held at the Cadet West Gym, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., and will be webcast live on GoAirForceFalcons.com.
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE MEET...
The Falcons will have live video streaming. The free video feed can be accessed by clicking on the camera icon on the schedule page of GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE GOPHERS
The Golden Gophers are currently ranked eighth in the GymInfo Rankings, holding a two-meet average of 338.750. Minnesota is coming off of a 339.400-321.300 victory over Illinois-Chicago last weekend. As a team, the Gophers are ranked among the top 10 on every event, highlighted by fifth-place averages on the vault (58.200) and parallel bars (56.650). Individually, seven Minnesota gymnasts are ranked in the top 20. Pacing the squad is Zack Chase, who is ranked second in the country on the vault with a two-meet average of 15.100.
AIR FORCE PAIR TAKES FIRST AT NEBRASKA
Devin Menefee and Greg Chaput claimed event titles for the Falcons during their competition at Nebraska on Jan. 22, as Menefee won the still rings (14.600) and Chaput took first on the parallel bars (14.350). Menefee, who bettered the field by .450 points, led Air Force to three of the top five spots on the rings, as Ben Zaiser and Gared Chapman finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Chaput also paced the Falcons to three top-five finishes, with Jacob Houder and Josh Ramos finishing third and fifth, respectively.
SPLITTING THE SEASON
Air Force split the regular season with Nebraska, following a 336.550-331.750 loss to the Huskers on Jan. 22. The Falcons defeated Nebraska 333.300-331.300 at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 14 for the program's first victory over the Huskers since 1969.
HIGH BAR HIGHS
Air Force collected four of the top-six places on the high bar at Nebraska. Corbin Palmer improved his career score to 14.400 to finish second, while Jacob Houder used a personal-best 14.350 to place third. Tory Brown tied for fourth with a season-high 14.250, while James Okamoto placed sixth with a career-high 14.100.
IN THE RANKINGS
Four Falcons are ranked within the nation's top 20 after two weeks of competition. Devin Menefee has the Falcons' highest ranking, as he is ranked 11th with an average score of 15.000. James Okamoto is ranked among the top 20 in two events, tying for 20th on the pommel horse (13.900 average) and tying with Corbin Palmer for 14th on the high bar with matching averages of 14.100. Greg Chaput rounds out the Air Force leaders, ranked 15th on the parallel bars with an average of 14.375.
AS A TEAM...
In the national team rankings, Air Force is ranked in the top 10 of four events. The Falcons are ranked sixth on the high bar (55.800), seventh on the still rings (57.225), eighth on the parallel bars (56.125) and ninth on the vault (56.775).
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Junior Tory Brown will represent the Academy at the prestigious Winter Cup Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 2, in Las Vegas, Nev. The rest of the squad is off from competition until Saturday, Feb. 18, when they travel to San Jose, Calif., for the annual All-Academy Championships.