Air Force Adds Six to Men's Gymnastics Roster

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    July 14, 2014

    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force men's gymnastics head coach Kip Simons announced the addition of six gymnasts to his roster for the upcoming season. The newcomers, who recently completed their second week of Basic Cadet Training as members of the Academy's Class of 2018, will join a veteran team that has captured the last five USAG Championships.

    "I am excited about the talent these six young men bring to the program," Simons said. "After graduating such a large class, I'll need strong contributions from these cadet-athletes to keep the Falcons gaining ground in the competitive field. But, more importantly, I look forward to watching them grow as young men and future officers in the Air Force."

    MEN'S GYMNASTICS CLASS OF 2018
    Fletcher Braunton - Olympia, Wash. | Black Hills Gymnastics
    Dimitri Floryance - Albuquerque, N.M. | Gold Cup Gymnastics
    Jonathon Fornoff - Bartlett, Ill. | Premier Academy West
    Michael Graft - Lake Barrington, Ill. | Aerial Gymnastics Club
    Wongsai Heur - Milwaukee, Wis. | Swiss Turners
    Arinn Wade - Newark, N.J. | Surgent's Elite School of Gymnastics

    Wade will compete at the P&G Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., on August 22, where he will attempt to make the U.S. Junior National Team. It is the third time in five years that a member of the Falcons' incoming freshman class has competed at the national championship meet following the conclusion of Basic Cadet Training.

    The Falcons entered the Academy on June 26 to begin Basic Cadet Training. They are currently in the midst of the first BCT segment, which takes place in the Cadet Area and focuses on military orientation, physical conditioning and understanding of teamwork through competitive sports. During the second phase, which takes place in Jack's Valley, the Basics will focus on field training activities, while developing their physical and mental confidence.

     

     

    Braunton

    Fletcher Braunton

    Finished first in the all-around at the 2014 Junior Olympic Nationals (17-18 division)...also placed third on the still rings in the 17-year-old division at that meet...won the all-around at the Region 2 Championships and Washington State Championships in 2014...finished first on the pommel horse (16) and all-around (15-16) at the 2013 Junior Olympic Nationals...also won the all-around at the Region 2 Championships and Washington State Championships that year...also took first in the all-around at the 2012 Region 2 Championships (15-16).

    Simons on Braunton: “Fletcher is a clean, rock solid, all-around gymnast, who was the top finisher in his division at the Junior Olympics in May. He will work the all-around and I expect him to immediately contribute on 3-5 events.”

    Floryance

    Dimitri Floryance

    Placed first at the New Mexico State Championships during each of the last four years...earned top-seven finishes at the regional meet...competed at Junior Olympic Nationals every year.

    Simons on Floryance: “Dimitri comes to us from the prep school and has developed into a top competitor on the pommel horse and horizontal bar. The prep school allowed him to focus on academics, while training at the Olympic Training Center. Dimitri is a diamond in the rough.”

    Fornoff

    Jonathon Fornoff

    Competed at state (third), regionals (second) and nationals (21st) in 2014... placed fourth at the state championships and 30th at the national championships in 2013...finished sixth on the parallel bars at the 2012 Junior Olympic Nationals (36th overall)...also finished fifth at the state meet and 12th at the regional meet that year.

    Simons on Fornoff: “John is a consistent and clean gymnast. He will make a strong impact on the team ... mainly on the parallel bars, but I also expect him to contend on several other events.”

    Graft

    Michael Graft

    Simons on Graft: “Michael is a very explosive gymnast. He will make his mark on several events, such as the pommel horse and floor exercise, and I look for him to mature into a top performer on the team.”

    Heur

    Wongsai Heur

    Finished 24th in the all-around at the at the 2012 Junior Olympic Nationals...also finished ninth on the pommel horse and 13th at the parallel bars.

    Simons on Heur: “Wangsai is a tremendous talent that has been under the radar due to several injuries throughout the past two competitive seasons. I fully expect Wongsai to contend on several events during his freshman year.”

    Wade

    Arinn Wade

    Two-time Junior Olympic national champion on the pommel horse (2010, 2014)...finished among the top-six on that event for five straight years (2010-14), including two national titles and a runner-up finish in 2013...finished third on the still rings during the first day of the 2013 meet...finished second on that event during the first day of the 2014 championships...also finished seventh on the parallel bars and 10th on the vault at that meet...placed 12th on vault during the technical sequence...also finished eighth in the all-around for the Junior Elite 17-year-old division...named to the regional team every year...two-time state champion in the all-around (2012, 2013)...finished second in the all-around at the 2014 meet...placed first on the pommel horse and parallel bars all three years...

    Simons on Wade: “Arinn is one of the top pommel horse athletes in the country, at both the junior and senior level, with the potential to become an All-American as a freshman. I expect Arinn to make an immediate impact on both the pommel horse and parallel bars. One of seven children, Arinn has an incredible work ethic, which will shine through in his day-to-day training in the gym and in the classroom.”

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