Air Force Duo Heads to NCAA Championships
OFF WE GO: Senior Brian Moore and sophomore Brian Boardman will represent the Academy and the Falcons' men's gymnastics program at the 2006 NCAA Men's National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships. Moore will participate in the all-around, while Boardman will compete on the parallel bars. The national meet will be held April 6-8 at the Lloyd-Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
MORE ON MOORE: Brian Moore qualified for the all-around after setting a National Qualifying Score (NQS) of 45.920. Contributing to his score were four season-high marks set last weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, where he finished sixth in the all-around with a season-best 47.050. He also set season-best marks on the pommel horse (7.650), still rings (7.900) and vault (8.500) at the MPSF meet. His other best marks this year are 7.950 (floor exercise), 8.300 (parallel bars) and 7.750 (high bar).
BOARDMAN BULLETS: Brian Boardman, who holds a national qualifying score (NQS) of 7.770 has been one of the most consistent performers on the parallel bars for the Falcons this season. He set a season-best mark of 8.100 during the squad's Feb. 5 meet at Army. The score is just .100 off of his career-best total set last year as a freshman.
HISTORY 101: It is the second time in Moore's career and the first in Boardman's that they were chosen to compete at the national meet. In 2003, Moore was a NCAA Qualifier on the floor exercise. Moore is the first Academy athlete since Jeff Andersen and Greg Stine in 2004 to compete in the all-around at the national qualifier. Boardman's selection to the parallel bars line-up marks the second straight year that a member of the Falcons' program will participate as a parallel bars specialist (Eric Peele in 2005).
WHO ELSE IS IN: Moore will compete in one of two national qualifying sessions on April 6 (1 p.m. or 7 p.m.). He will be joined by all-around competitors from the 12 qualified teams, as well as five other at-large all-arounders. Joining Moore as at-large competitors are Navy's Christopher Tam, Ben Peterman and Grant Regelin, Illinois-Chicago's Tim Morrison and James Madison's Scott Flinn.
AT-LARGE ALL-AROUND QUALIFIERS
1. Christopher Tam (Navy) -- 50.040
2. Tim Morrison (Illinois-Chicago ) -- 49.885
3. Ben Peterman (Navy) -- 49.620
4. Grant Regelin (Navy) -- 49.300
5. Brian Moore (Air Force) -- 45.920
6. Scott Flinn (James Madison) -- 45.120
AT-LARGE PARALLEL BARS QUALIFIERS
1. Eliot Proctor (Army) -- 8.650
2. Joseph Atzenbeck (Navy) -- 8.300
3. Adam Stanton (Navy) -- 8.080
4. Alex Kadar (Illinois-Chicago) -- 7.840
5. Aric Hines (Springfield) -- 7.800
6. Brian Boardman (Air Force) -- 7.770
AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS?: The top three teams, top-three all-around competitors not on an advancing team and the top three specialists from each event that are not on an advancing team or an all-around member will advance to the finals, which will be held on April 7-8.
MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: Air Force closed out the team slate with a fifth-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on March 25 at the Academy. The Falcons tallied a team score of 184.725 - a total that is just shy of their season-best - to finish fifth in a championship that features three of the top five programs in the country.
HIGHLIGHTING THE MPSF MEET: Brian Moore improved his season-best all-around total by nearly two points as he recorded a 47.050 to finish sixth. Moore led the Falcons on the pommel horse (7.650) and still rings (7.900), setting season-best scores in each. The Falcons' leaders for the other four events were underclassmen, once again providing a positive look for the future. Brian Boardman was the top-scoring Falcon on the floor exercise, earning an 8.050. Tyler Sickles scored an 8.175 on the parallel bars, while Jon Roberts posted a 7.850 on the high bar to finish 20th. Josiah Loeser, who hadn't competed since early March, scored an 8.600 on the vault to lead the squad.
SIMONS EARNS MPSF COACHING HONOR: In a vote by their peers, Air Force first-year head coach Kip Simons and Oklahoma mentor Mark Williams were chosen as MPSF Co-Coaches of the Year. Despite numerous injuries that plagued the young Falcons' squad, the team continued to develop over the course of the season. Under Simons' guidance, Air Force improved its team total by nearly 15 points.