Feb. 20, 2013
The Air Force men's gymnastics team, ranked 12th in the GymInfo National Rankings, will travel to Norman, Okla., this Saturday (Feb. 23) for a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dual meet with third-ranked Oklahoma. Action at McCasland Field House begins at 7 p.m. (CST).
The meet will be held at McCasland Field House on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Live stats will be available at SoonerSports.com.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Oklahoma, which is coming off of a 443.350-435.450 victory over Minnesota, is currently ranked third in the GymInfo National Rankings, with a three-score average of 440.467. The Sooners are ranked second in the country on four of the six events, while four different OU gymnasts are listed among the nation's top five. Michael Squires leads Oklahoma with a second-place (tied) ranking on the still rings behind a 15.450 average.
IN THE RANKINGS
Using the three-score average, which went into effect for the Feb. 11 rankings, Air Force is ranked 12th in the GymInfo National Rankings with a mark of 415.583. As a team, the Falcons are ranked among the nation's top 10 on the vault (eighth, 72.567) and still rings (ninth, 70.783). Individually, Tory Brown is tied for 17th on the vault with a three-score average of 14.800.
AIR FORCE WINS ALL-ACADEMY TITLE
Backed by a program-record 427.050, Air Force easily won its third straight All-Academy title on Feb. 16, defeating Army and Navy by nearly 17 points. The Falcons swept all six individual event titles, en route to their third consecutive team title. The Falcons improved their overall score by nearly 13 points, while defeating the Black Knights (410.600) and Midshipmen (407.300).
SWEEPING IT UP
Gared Chapman won the still rings and vault titles at the annual service academy showdown, while Ben Zaiser (floor exercise), Nick Owen (pommel horse), Mac Ritchie (parallel bars) and Nick Gaudlip (high bar) rounded out the Falcons' list of event winners.
CHAPMAN SETS ACADEMY VAULT RECORD
In addition to winning a pair of event titles, Gared Chapman set a new Academy record on the vault. Chapman became the first Air Force gymnast to reach the 15-point mark on that event (under the scoring guidelines that went into effect in 2012), as he tallied a 15.000. That score was a personal improvement of 0.250, breaking the previous record that he had shared since the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open.
A DOMINATING PERFORMANCE
The Falcons dominated the competition at the All-Academy Championships. In addition to winning all six event titles, Air Force gymnasts were also the runner-up finishers on five apparatus and swept the top-three places on the still rings and vault.
THE TEAM STANDINGS
Air Force shattered its existing program-best team score on Feb. 16, scoring 427.050 to break their previous high total by nearly 13 points. The Falcons also improved their event tallies on all six events. Highlighting the Falcons improved event scores was a three-and-a-half point advancement on the still rings total (73.500).
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons open the month of March with a pair of competitions in Chicago. Air Force will compete in dual meets with Illinois-Chicago on Friday, March 1, and Sunday, March 3.