April 2, 2013
WOODLAND, Calif. - Three days after becoming the 2013 USAG national champion on the pommel horse, Air Force junior Nick Owen was selected as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week, the league office announced this afternoon (April 2). It is the first such honor for Owen.
The Falcons' junior won the individual USAG title on the pommel horse on Saturday, March 30, while helping Air Force to its fourth consecutive team title at the 2013 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Friday, March 29.
During the individual event finals, Owen scored a 14.400 to win the national title on the pommel horse, becoming the third Air Force gymnast to take home the USAG title on the pommel horse. The win came one day after he posted the top qualifying score (14.550) to help the Falcons to their fourth straight team title. Owen, who now holds three of the six highest pommel horse scores in Academy history, bettered the 35-gymnast field by 0.200 during the qualifying round.
Owen is the fourth Air Force gymnast this season to earn the conference's weekly accolade.
The Falcons host their MPSF foes this Saturday (April 6) for the annual conference championships. The meet between No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 4 Stanford, No. 9 California and No. 11 Air Force will be held at 5 p.m., at the Academy's Cadet West Gym.