Ryan Stromstad Leads Team With Second-Place Finish on Floor
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- Sophomore Ryan Stromstad (Corona, Calif.) topped his own career-best marked to tie for second on the floor exercise, as the No. 19 Air Force men's gymnastics team dropped a 214.275-192.050 contest to eighth-ranked Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Cadet West Gym.
Competing on the floor for just the second time this season, Stromstad topped his career-high that he matched last week, scoring a 9.050 as the team's final competitor on the opening event. Stromstad's score is not only a career-high, but it is also the team's best mark of the season.
Stromstad was one of just four Falcons to break into the top five of any event, as the Cardinal swept the top spots on four of the events. Senior co-captain Kent Reichle (Cambridge, Minn.) and freshman Nathan Glandon (Abilene, Texas) also notched top-five finishes on the floor, tying for fifth with scores of 8.650.
Junior Eric Peele (Bethel, N.C.) broke into the top-five on the high bar, with a fifth-place score of 8.150. Peele also topped the team on the vault with a score of 8.750 to finish seventh.
Sophomore Kurt Antonio (Rio Rancho, N.M.) had the team's best score on the pommel horse, with a seventh-place mark of 7.500, while also claiming the Falcons' top spot on the still rings with another seventh-place score of 8.000. Not done yet, Antonio posted the team's best score on the parallel bars, garnering an 8.150 to finished sixth.
The Falcons conclude their home slate next weekend, as they host service academy rival, Army, in a pair of matches. The two schools first meet on Friday (Feb. 25) with a 7:30 p.m. meet, before concluding the weekend on Sunday (Feb. 27) with a 1 p.m. contest.