March 10, 2011
The 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team heads to the East Coast for a pair of meets this weekend. The Falcons will first travel to Brockport, N.Y., for a triangular meet with eighth-ranked Minnesota and 19th-ranked Brockport on Friday, March 11, at the Brockport Gymnastic Facility. The squad will then head to Springfield, Mass., for a dual meet with No. 15 Springfield on Sunday, March 13, at Blake Arena.
Meet Notes 07: at Brockport, with Minnesota; at Springfield
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Minnesota holds the highest national ranking of the Falcons' three opponents this weekend, with a three-score average of 345.833 to rank eighth. Springfield is currently ranked 15th with an average of 331.500, while Brockport, a club team, is ranked 19th behind an average score of 273.567.
YOU LOOK FAMILIAR
Air Force accounted for two of the top-three finishes on the still rings during the Falcons' visit to Minnesota on Feb. 18. Devin Menefee scored a 14.500 to win the event title, while Nash Mills collected a score of 14.300 to place third.
RANK YOU VERY MUCH
As a team, the Falcons are ranked eighth on the vault (62.567, three-score average), while holding an 11th-place team average of 341.533. Individually, Nash Mills is tied for seventh in the all-around with a three-score mark of 85.867. Mills is also tied for 17th on the vault (15.883), while Tory Brown is ranked 19th (15.817) on that event. Colton Wulf is ranked 17th in the all-around, holding an average of 82.117.
MILLS CLAIMS SECOND NATIONAL HONOR
After setting an Academy record on the high bar and winning three event titles at the Illinois-Chicago quad meet, Nash Mills was named the College Gymnastics Association Gymnast of the Week (Collegiate Division) for the second time this season and the fourth time of his career.
CAUTION, FALLING RECORDS
Nash Mills used a 14.900 performance on the high bar to break the Academy's 2008 record by 0.250 points. The senior now owns a share of two Academy records, as Mills used a 14.900 mark on the parallel bars last year to match the program standard on that apparatus.
GOING FOR THREE
Highlighted by an Academy record-setting performance to tie for first on the high bar (14.900), Nash Mills also won the vault (15.800) and all-around (career-best matching 86.300) during the March 6 quad meet at UIC. With his winning score on the vault, Mills paced the Falcons to the top three scores on that event, as Devin Menefee and Tory Brown tied for second with matching 15.700 scores.
HIGHER AND HIGHER
Air Force also set a new team standard on the vault at 62.800 during the March 6 meet at Illinois-Chicago. It is the second time in three meets that the Falcons have improved the Academy record on the vault. Air Force tallied a 341.600 to place second at the four-team meet. That score is the second-highest team total of the season and the sixth-highest in Academy history.
RECAPPING THE FIRST QUAD
Facing two of the top three teams in the nation, Air Force tallied a 338.000 - its second-highest score of the season - to finish fourth at the Illinois-Chicago quad meet on March 4. Nash Mills posted the team's best finish of the night, as he finished third on the vault (15.800). Mills was one of three Falcons to finish within the top-10 on that event, as Tory Brown and Colton Wulf tied for 10th with scores of 15.400.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force returns home on Sunday, March 20, for its regular season finale against Washington at 1 p.m. During the meet, the Falcons will recognize its five seniors - Dan Klimkowski, Derek Kvedar, Nash Mills, Matt Thorne and Aaron Zaiser.