Feb. 27, 2013
The No. 11 Air Force men's gymnastics team travels to Chicago this weekend for a pair of dual meet competitions with 16th-ranked Illinois-Chicago. The Falcons and Flames will first face off at 7 pm (CST) on Friday, March 1, before returning to the Physical Education Building on for a 1 pm contest on Sunday, March 3.
The meet will be held at the Physical Education Building on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $7 for adults, while children under three are free. Live stats will be available at www.uicflames.com.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Illinois-Chicago is coming off of a 419.200-409.600 loss to Minnesota on Feb. 24. The Flames are currently ranked 16th in the GymInfo National Rankings, with a three-score average of 402.900. UIC has two individuals ranked among the nation's top 20, as Joseph Hodges and Jason Gaides are ranked 13th (81.400) and 16th (80.033), respectively, in the all-around.
IN THE RANKINGS
Air Force is ranked a season-high 11th in the GymInfo National Rankings, with a three-score average of 420.433. As a team, the Falcons are ranked among the top 15 in all six events, including top-10 rankings on the vault (72.667, eighth) and still rings (72.667, ninth). Individually, Gared Chapman is tied for 11th on the vault with a three-score mark of 14.933, while Tory Brown is tied for 18th on that event with a mark of 14.833. Nick Owen is also ranked among the nation's top gymnasts, holding the No. 17 ranking on the pommel horse with a three-score average of 14.683.
CHAPMAN NAMED MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Following a record-setting performance on the vault (15.050) against Oklahoma, Gared Chapman was selected as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 27. It is the first career award for Chapman, who broke the Academy vault record for the second straight week.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
Gared Chapman's win on the vault is the first event victory by an Air Force gymnast in Norman (McCasland Field House or Lloyd Noble Center) since at least 2006.
OWEN MATCHES ACADEMY POMMEL HORSE RECORD
Nick Owen recorded a personal-best score of 14.900 to match the Academy record in that event at Oklahoma on Feb. 23. Owen, who finished second in the meet, equaled the Academy record that James Okamoto set last year.
RECAPPING THE OU MEET
The Falcons tallied their second-highest score of the season (420.050) during a dual meet with third-ranked Oklahoma (440.300) on Feb. 24. Air Force collected season-best events marks on the pommel horse (69.450) and parallel bars, improving that total by nearly two points. In addition to his win on the vault, Gared Chapman earned a third-place finish on the still rings, while Tory Brown earned the same placement on the vault. Greg Chaput also earned a third-place finish after scoring season-high 14.300 on the parallel bars.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons wrap up a span of eight weeks on the road next Friday (March 8), when they head to Tucson, Ariz., for a neutral site triangular meet with Arizona State and Washington.