March 13, 2013
Following eight straight meets on the road, the 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team returns to the Academy this week to close out the regular season with a pair of competitions at Cadet West Gym. The Falcons will host No. 13 Temple at 6 p.m., on Thursday, March 14, before taking on 19th-ranked Washington at 5 p.m., on Saturday, March 16.
Admission is free for all Air Force dual meets (please note, the time of the March 16 meet is now slated for 5:00 p.m. ... two hours earlier than originally scheduled). Following each meet, Academy gymnasts will be on hand for autographs. Live video streaming will be available for both meets and the free video feed can be accessed by clicking on the camera icon on the schedule page of GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Temple is ranked 13th in the GymInfo National Rankings with a three-score average of 415.817. Individually, only Temple's Allan Malone is ranked above the nation's top 20, as he is currently ranked 18th in the all-around with a three-score mark of 81.550. The Owls are coming off of a 428.650-405.150 dual-meet loss to ninth-ranked California on March 10. Thursday's meet at Air Force is the second of three meets in seven days for Temple.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Washington is ranked 19th in the GymInfo National Rankings with a 358.550 average. The Huskies last competed on March 2, finishing fifth at Stanford with a score of 357.700. Air Force faced Washington in Seattle earlier this season, sweeping all six event titles for a 402.600-353.900 victory over the Huskies.
IN THE RANKINGS
Air Force improved its three-score average of 423.283, while remaining 11th in the GymInfo National Rankings. As a team, the Falcons are ranked among the nation's top 10 in three of the six events. Air Force is ranked eighth on the still rings (73.233), ninth on the vault (72.917) and 10th on the parallel bars (71.000). Individually, Tory Brown and Gared Chapman are tied for 12th (14.967) and 17th (14.933), respectively, in the vault.
This weekend marks the Falcons' first meet at the Academy since Jan. 19, as Air Force spent the past seven weeks on the road, traveling from Washington to Georgia. During its last home competition, Air Force defeated service academy rival Army 414.200-408.100.
CHAPUT SETS ACADEMY PARALLEL BARS RECORD
Greg Chaput scored a career-best 15.250 to win the parallel bars title during the Falcons' victory over Arizona State on March 8, breaking a program mark that two-time USAG parallel bars champion Nash Mills had held since 2011.
AIR FORCE DOWNS ARIZONA STATE
The Falcons surpassed the 420-mark for the fifth straight meet and claimed four of six event titles to defeat Arizona State, 420.950-414.900, on March 8 at a neutral site location in Tucson. Tory Brown won the floor exercise and vault with matching marks of 14.800, while Jon Spiro won the still rings (15.400, eighth-best score in Academy history) and Greg Chaput took first on the parallel bars with an Academy-record 15.250.
MORE NEWS FROM THE PARALLEL BARS
Greg Chaput's winning 15.250 on the parallel bars paced the Falcons to the top-four scores and a program-best 71.700 points. Nick Gaudlip finished second with the ninth-highest total in Academy history (14.500), while Tory Brown and Skyler Awisus placed third (14.050) and fourth (14.000), respectively.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons are off from action next week, as they complete final preparations for the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. Air Force, winners of the last three USAG national meets, will travel to Williamsburg, Va., over the March 29-30 weekend to look for its fourth consecutive title.