National Leader Jake Schonig Named MPSF Gymnast of the Week
March 31, 2009
WOODLAND, Calif. - Air Force's Jake Schonig was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week, the commissioner's office announced this morning (March 31). The award, the first of Schonig's career, came on the same day as the NCAA rankings were released, listing Schonig as the national leader on the still rings.
Schonig has a modified three-score average of 15.433, which betters the second-ranked gymnast by over .100. It is the first time this season that the Falcons' co-captain has led the NCAA on his signature event, although he has led the USAG Division for nearly all of the 2009 campaign.
The senior is coming off of a stellar weekend of competition at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (March 27-28). In addition to repeating as the USAG national champion on the still rings and claiming his third USAG All-America honor, Schonig matched his career-best score and earned the division's Outstanding Senior Gymnast award.
The native of Los Gatos, Calif., guided the Falcons to a third-place finish in the team standings on Friday night, matching his personal-best mark of 15.650 on the still rings (the second-highest total in Academy history) and easily securing a spot in the event finals.
Schonig captured his second national title on Saturday with a score of 15.500, becoming just the third Air Force gymnast to earn back-to-back titles on the same event. The 2009 Nissen-Emery finalist paced Air Force to the top two steps of the podium, as classmate Josiah Loeser finished second.
He is the second member of the Falcons' squad to earn the conference's weekly award, as sophomore Nash Mills picked up the honor on Feb. 3.
Schonig and the rest of the Falcons will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., this weekend for the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Champions on Saturday, April 4.