Air Force Takes Second At Service Academy Championships
Feb. 25, 2002
The Air Force men's gymnastics team took second at third annual Service Academy Championships Friday evening in Tampa, Fla. The Falcons fell behind Army (203.225) with a final team score of 201.250, followed by Navy who finished with a team score of 141.575.
Men's Head Coach Lou Burkel- "The men's team departed for Tampa and the third annual Service Academy Championships with one goal - to bring back the trophy. The week of preparation went fairly well, except that we had two more gymnasts injured and not able to compete on all their usual events. Stephen Sistare was unable to do floor exercise and vault due to a calf muscle problem and Justin Jones sprained an ankle on Tuesday and also could not work floor or vault. Matthew Kenkel was unable to practice all week and William Hermann severely bruised his heel at UMass last weekend and was also unable to compete floor and vault and did no dismounts all week. So we patched together a lineup out of the 12 gymnasts we brought and they really did a great job."
"The meet was extremely close from start to finish and our team really put forth a great effort, but fell just short. 201.25 is our highest score by nearly four points and the team also had season high scores on floor exercise, vault and high bar. We also had 17 individual season high scores: Kent Reichle - floor and vault, Steven Doyle - floor, Matthew Kenkel - floor and parallel bars, Aaron Jackson - floor, vault and high bar, Scott Lewis - pommel horse, vault and high bar, Patrick McAndrew - rings, James Hayes - vault, parallel bars and high bar, Michael Berry - high bar, and William Hermann - high bar. Top three finishers: Aaron Jackson won floor exercise, finished second all around and tied for second on rings. Stephen Sistare won rings, James Hayes was second on pommel horse and Matthew Kenkel was second on parallel bars and tied for third on pommel horse."
"The meet was very exciting and the full house really was enthusiastic. Karl Bishop and Apollo School of Gymnastics did a great job hosting the competition in conjunction with his junior boys and girls competition. This was the first NCAA men's gymnastics competition held in Florida in over 20 years, so this was great exposure for all three academies and collegiate gymnastics to the Sunshine (it rained the entire time we were there) State."