March 5, 2008
After nearly two months on the road, the Air Force men's gymnastics team finally returns to the Academy for a pair of competitions with Illinois-Chicago. The Falcons will first host the Flames on Friday (March 7) at 7 p.m., before closing out the home slate on Sunday (March 9) at 2 p.m. All action will take place in the Cadet West Gym and is free to the public.
Meet Notes: vs. Illinois-Chicago
Prior to Friday's meet, the Falcons will honor the four members of its senior class - Brian Boardman, Kevin Murphy, Tyler Sickles and Greg Stine. It will be the final weekend of home competition for this impressive quartet.
"RANK" YOU VERY MUCH
Greg Stine is ranked among the nation's elite in a pair of events. The senior is currently ranked third in the all-around with a three-score average of 87.200, while holding a fourth-place spot on the still rings with a 15.517 average. In addition to Stine, junior Jacob Schonig is ranked 12th on the rings with a 15.167 average. As a team, the Falcons are ranked eighth in the country with a 57.667 average.
LAST TIME OUT
Sweeping first-place finishes on every event, Air Force wrapped up competition at the Southwest Cup on March 1. Senior Greg Stine won the all-around and five of six individual events, while sophomore Garrett Canter claimed the final event title. As a team, the Falcons posted its second-highest score of the season. Accumulating a score of 334.900, Air Force defeated host Arizona State (322.100) for the second time this season. During the meet, the Falcons set season-best scores on the parallel bars (56.350) and high bar (54.550).
KEEPING HIS NAME ON TOP
With the new scoring system that went into effect this season, Greg Stine set two Academy records during the meet, winning the floor exercise with a mark of 15.200 and the all-around with a total of 87.400. Stine also won the still rings (14.800), vault (15.350), parallel bars (14.700) and high bar (14.300).
GETTING A `PR' ON THE P-BARS
Garrett Canter, who won the pommel horse at ASU, was one of four Falcons to tally personal-best scores on the parallel bars. With a score of 13.650, he joined seniors Brian Boardman (13.850) and Tyler Sickles (14.150), as well as freshman Aaron Zaiser (13.600) with record-setting performances on the parallel bars.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for its final competition of the regular season. The Falcons will face off with Nebraska for the third time this season. It will be the final tune-up for Air Force, as it begins its post-season the following weekend.