Falcons Close Out Regular Season Against Navy
March 15, 2017

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The ninth-ranked Air Force men’s gymnastics closes out the regular season and the home portion of its 2017 campaign this weekend, when it hosts service academy rival and 11th-ranked Navy on Friday, March 17. Prior to the 6:00 p.m. (MT) contest, Air Force will honor its seniors Chase Cannon, Aaron Nubine and Tim Wang.

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE MEET
Air Force will offer a live video feed at GoAirForceFalcons.com

A GYMNASTICS RUBBER MATCH
Air Force and Navy have already met twice this season, splitting the earlier meetings for a 1-1 record. The Falcons claimed a 405.800-394.250 neutral site victory at the All-Academy Championships on Feb. 11, before suffering a 404.100-396.300 road loss at the Navy Triangular on March 10.

AIR FORCE HOSTS SERVICE ACADEMY RIVALS, TAKE II
The 2017 season marked the first time in recent history that Air Force has hosted both of its service academy counterparts at the Academy, as the Falcons welcomed Army West Point to Cadet West Gym on Jan. 28 and will host Navy this weekend. In fact, this season is one of the rare times that Air Force has met both Army West Point and Navy in the same year outside of the neutral-sited All-Academy Championships (an event that turned into an Air Force-Navy dual this year, as Winter Storm Niko kept the Black Knights snowbound in West Point).

SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
Navy is currently ranked 11th in the national standings with a four-score average of 402.933. The Mids, coached by former Air Force coach Kip Simons, are 10-8 on the season, having most-recently defeated Air Force and William and Mary in Annapolis. Navy is ranked among the nation’s top 10 on the parallel bars (seventh tie, 67.800), high bar (eighth, 67.233) and still rings (10th, 67.967), while Jonathan Tang holds a top-10 ranking in the all-around (sixth, 82.067) and top-20 marks on the floor parallel bars (13th tie, 14.233) and floor exercise (17th tie, 14.183).

AIR FORCE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
With a four-score average of 405.683, the Falcons are ranked ninth in the national standings. Air Force is listed among the nation’s top 10 on the pommel horse (sixth, 67.300), still rings (seventh, 68.633) and parallel bars (ninth, 67.217), while standing less than a half-point out of the top 10 on the vault (11th, 70.033). Individually, Tim Wang is ranked fifth on the vault (14.817), pommel horse (14.717) and all-around (83.600), while holding a No. 7 placement on the still rings rings (14.500). Jonathon Fornoff is also listed among the nation’s top 10 on the parallel bars (seventh, 14.500), while Chase Cannon is tied for 12th on the high bar (14.200).

WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force begins the championship portion of its season next weekend, when it travels to Edmonds, Wash., for the 2017 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. The two-day event, which will be held at Everett Community College, is slated to begin on Friday, March 24.

 

 

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