March 19, 2013
WOODLAND, Calif. - Following a stellar weekend that included four event titles, career-best marks in every event and an Academy record on the high bar, Air Force sophomore Nick Gaudlip was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week, the league office announced today (March 19).
The Colorado Springs native helped the 11th-ranked Falcons to a 2-0 weekend with dominating wins over No. 13 Temple and No. 19 Washington. In addition, Air Force became just the eighth team to break the 430-point mark in competition, as it shattered the program record with a 431.250 against Washington.
In the Falcons' 425.450-398.500 victory over Temple on March 14, Gaudlip won the pommel horse (career-best 14.000) and parallel bars (career-best 14.750), while tying for first on the high bar with a mark of 14.150. In addition to pacing the Falcons to a share of the top-six scores on the high bar and four of the top-five placements on the parallel bars, he also earned a runner-up finish on the floor exercise (14.700)
On March 16, Gaudlip set an Academy record on the high bar (15.050), as the Falcons scored a team total of the 431.250 to shatter the program standard in a win over Washington (343.500). With his winning effort, Gaudlip became the first Air Force gymnast in program history to break the 15-point mark on the high bar. He also placed second on the floor exercise (career-best 15.150) and third on the parallel bars (14.300) to help the Falcons record new team event records on the floor exercise and high bar.
Gaudlip is the third Air Force gymnast in the last four weeks to earn the conference's weekly honor.
The Falcons return to action next weekend (March 29-30), when they travel to Williamsburg, Va., to defend their title at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.