March 6, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Following two standout all-around performances last weekend, Air Force freshman Tim Wang was named the Collegiate Gymnastics Association's National Gymnast of the Week (USAG Collegiate Division) on Thursday, March 6. It is the second time this season that Wang has been honored by the CGA.
Wang collected 10 first-place finishes during the Falcons' weekend sweep of Illinois-Chicago, which culminated with an Academy-record team score of 439.700 in the series finale. The Riverside, Calif., native tallied four career-high marks over the weekend, including a pommel horse score of 15.100 that matched his program record (Feb. 28) and an Academy-best all-around total of 88.400 (March 1).
He won the floor exercise (14.750), pommel horse (personal-best 15.100), parallel bars (14.600), high bar (14.300) and all-around (87.200) during the Falcons' win over the Flames on Feb. 28, before adding additional titles on the floor (personal-best 14.950), pommel (15.000), vault (14.850), high bar (personal-best 14.900) and all-around (personal-best 88.400) during Air Force's victory on March 2.
He shared the weekly award with Stanford's freshman all-arounder Akash Modi, who received the honor for Division I teams. The weekly CGA awards are selected by a panel of active collegiate coaches, CGA Honorary Lifetime Members and coaches from major club programs.
Off from competition this weekend, the eighth-ranked Falcons return to action next Saturday (March 15), when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., for a five-team meet with sixth-ranked Minnesota, seventh-ranked Illinois, ninth-ranked Iowa and 12th-ranked Nebraska.