Jan. 30, 2014
The 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team travels to Houston, Texas, this weekend for the annual All-Academy Championships. The Falcons will face 13th-ranked Army and 14th-ranked Navy for a 1:00 p.m. (CST) showdown at Reliant Arena on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The All-Academy Championships will run in conjunction with the Houston National Invitational, which takes place all weekend at Reliant Arena. Tickets for Saturday's competition are $18 for adults and $10 for children, ages 5-12. Portions of the meet will also be streamed via livecoverage.gymnastike.org.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
The Falcons' service academy opponents are currently ranked back-to-back in the GymInfo National Rankings, as Army is ranked 13th with a 411.675 average and Navy is ranked 14th with a 404.450 average. The Black Knights have been off from competition since placing third at the West Point Open on Jan. 17, while the Midshipmen are coming off of a third-place finish at their own home invitational on Jan. 25.
LAST YEAR AT THE ALL-ACADEMY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Backed by a (then) program-record 427.050, Air Force won its third straight service academy meet during the 2013 All-Academy Championships in Atlanta. The Falcons swept all six individual event titles, en route to the 17-point win.
WE'LL BE SEEING YOU
Air Force will face Army once more during the regular season, as the two programs will meet on Feb. 14 in West Point.
A LOOK AT THE RANKINGS
As a team, the Falcons are ranked among the nation's top 10 on the pommel horse, holding a season average of 68.900 (10th). Individually, Tim Wang is ranked 13th in the all-around behind an average score of 83.817, while Greg Chaput's debut score of 14.500 on the pommel horse is tied for the same placement.
WANG EARNS WEEKLY NATIONAL HONOR
Following a strong all-around performance last weekend, Tim Wang was named the Collegiate Gymnastics Association's National Gymnast of the Week (USAG Collegiate Division) on Jan. 30. The freshman claimed his first all-around title (83.600), while finishing second on the pommel horse with the fifth-best score in Academy history (career-best 14.650). He also tied for third on the high bar (13.500) and fourth on the parallel bars (13.850), while placing within the top-six on the vault (career-best 14.400) and floor exercise (13.900).
FALCONS CLAIM TWO WINS IN LOSS AT #9 NEBRASKA
Air Force collected a pair of titles during a 420.650-415.300 loss to ninth-ranked Nebraska on Jan. 25. Skyler Awisus tallied a season-best 13.950 to win the high bar, while Tim Wang finished first in the all-around with a combined score of 83.600. Awisus paced the Falcons to a sweep of the top-four high bar finishes, as Chase Cannon scored a 13.600 to take second in his event debut and the duo of Wang and Mac Ritchie tied for third with matching scores of 13.500.
Due to construction that begins next week in Cadet West Gym, the remainder of Air Force's home season will take place in the Academy's Center Gym.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons return to the Academy next Saturday (Feb. 8) for a dual meet with Minnesota, which currently ranked seventh in the latest GymInfo National Rankings. The meet, which will run in conjunction with the women's gymnastics meet against Auburn, will take place in Cadet Center Gym and is slated to begin at 5 p.m.