FalconVision Interview with Coach Robinson
The 10th-ranked Air Force men’s gymnastics team heads to Berkeley, Calif., this Saturday (April 8), for the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. The 25th-annual conference meet, which includes the top-two teams in the nation, will be held at Haas Pavilion and is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. (PT).
The 2017 MPSF Championships will feature Air Force, California, Oklahoma and Stanford. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Live stats will be provided by CalBears.com, while FloSports will offer a webcast through its FloPro subscription. Air Force will begin at the meet on the high bar, while the rest of the starting rotation will include Oklahoma on the floor exercise, Stanford on the pommel horse and California on the vault.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Top-ranked Oklahoma, the two-time defending NCAA champion and winner of the last five conference titles, currently leads the nation with a four-score average of 433.067, while Stanford is ranked second with a 422.100 average. Air Force is ranked 10th in the national standings with a 405.683 average and California rounds out the field in 11th with a four-score mark of 404.400. Individually, MPSF gymnasts hold the nation’s leading marks on every event. Stanford’s Akash Modi is the national leader in the all-around with a four-score mark of 87.500, while Oklahoma’s Yul Moldauer holds the top averages on the floor exercise (14.850), still rings (15.067) and parallel bars (15.383). The Sooners currently sweep the event leaders, as they also hold the NCAA-leading average on the pommel horse (Allan Bower, 15.200), vault (Tanner Justus, 15.000) and high bar (Levi Anderson, 14.817).
Oklahoma has claimed five straight MPSF titles – and 15 of the last 18 – as Stanford (2009, 2011) and California (2004) are the only schools to interrupt the Sooners’ run. The Falcons, who have finished fourth in every conference meet since the current field was formed in 2012, captured their first individual event title last year (Arinn Wade, pommel horse).
AIR FORCE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
With a four-score average of 405.683, the Falcons are ranked 10th in the national standings. Air Force is also listed among the nation’s top 10 on the still rings (seventh, 68.933), pommel horse (ninth, 67.300) and parallel bars (10th, 67.617). Individually, Tim Wang is ranked fifth in the all-around (83.600) and on the pommel horse (14.717), while holding No. 7 placements on the vault (14.817) and still rings (14.617). Jonathon Fornoff is also listed among the nation’s leaders, as he is currently listed 10th on the parallel bars with a four-score average of 14.333.
THIS LOOKS FAMILIAR
The MPSF Championships will mark the Falcons’ second trip to Haas Pavilion this season, as Air Force earned a first-place finish at the Cal Benefit Cup in early March. At that meet, the Falcons scored a 403.900 to defeat California (395.750) and SC United (289.950).
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The 2017 season comes to a close at the NCAA National Championships in West Point, N.Y., on April 21-22.