July 22, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Highlighted by a fifth-place finish on the still rings, rising Air Force senior Gared Chapman wrapped up competition this past weekend at the 2014 Men's National Qualifier, which was held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Chapman, a native of Casselberry, Fla., scored a 14.750 to tie for fifth in a still rings field that included 67 competitors. His score trailed only those of the reigning world bronze medalist, the reigning Winter Cup silver medalist, a 2011 NCAA All-American and a member of the 2012 Olympic team.
In addition to competing on the floor exercise (13.900, 30th-tie) and vault (13.500, 39th), Chapman made his first appearance on the high bar (13.450, 35th) and parallel bars (12.200, 46th) since competing at the club level in Florida. Overall, Chapman finished 48th (68.700) in a field that accounted for 81 total gymnasts.
"Gared represented the Academy extremely well this past weekend," head coach Kip Simons said. "I'm proud of Gared for his commitment to training throughout the past 10 weeks ... he trained while enrolled in Powered Flight during the first period and then gave up his leave during second period to go through two-a-days in training."
The summer season of national competition is not over for the Falcons, as incoming freshman Arinn 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.