Falcons Improve to Eighth in National Rankings

March 29, 2011

USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Fresh off of an impressive weekend that saw the Air Force men's gymnastics team successfully defend its USAG national title, the Falcons improved to eighth in the most recent GymInfo National Rankings. In the latest poll, released on March 29, Air Force posted its highest ranking in program history and matched the best-ever ranking by a service academy gymnastics team.

The Falcons' current placement matches the eighth-place ranking that Army held for one week in January of 2003.

Using a four-score average (select the five highest scores, counting no more than two home meets, drop the highest mark and average the four remaining scores), the Falcons currently hold an average of 343.900. That mark also puts the Falcons fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

Air Force made its first-ever appearance in the national top-10 rankings just two weeks ago (March 15) and improved to ninth last week (March 22). With three weeks in the top-10, the Falcons are currently tied with the 2005 Army squad, which spent three weeks i ranked 10th, for the longest top-10 streak by a service academy team.

Air Force is also ranked among the nation's top 10 on four events. The Falcons are ranked seventh on both the still rings (57.800, four-score average) and vault (62.275), while ranking eighth on the high bar (56.275) and ninth on the floor exercise (57.250).

The Falcons return to the Academy on Saturday, April 2, when it hosts the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at 5 p.m. The MPSF meet will feature the top three teams in the nation (Oklahoma, Stanford, California), as well as eighth-ranked Air Force and 11th-ranked Nebraska.

Rk. Team (4-Score Ave)
1. Oklahoma (359.175)
2. Stanford (357.437)
3. California (354.331)
4. Illinois (354.125)
5. Penn State (352.425)
6. Michigan (349.687)
7. Minnesota (345.850)
8. AIR FORCE (343.900)
9. Ohio State (343.700)
10. Iowa (341.887)
11. Nebraska (340.412)
12. William & Mary (338.100)
13. Illinois-Chicago (337.750)
14. Temple (337.025)
15. Army (332.137)
16. Navy (330.425)
17. Springfield (324.050)



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