Aug 18, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. - With a two-day combined score of 156.200, Air Force freshman Chris Stephenson finished eighth in the junior (ages 17-18) division of the all-around at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships on Sunday (Aug. 18) night in Hartford, Conn. Highlighting his night was a bronze medal finish on the floor exercise.
Stephenson, who entered Sunday's competition ranked 11th following an all-around total of 76.850 on Friday, improved his scores on four of the six events this evening to record a second day total of 79.350 and move into eighth with a combined two-day total of 156.200.
His highest event score of the night was a 14.150 on the floor exercise - a score that was tied for second among all gymnasts in his division and an improvement of over one point from Friday's first round. Stephenson also improved his scores on the still rings (13.200), vault (13.500) and parallel bars (13.750) - with the tallies on the vault and bars both being 0.800 personal improvements from the first day. He rounded out the competition with a 12.900 on the high bar and a 12.050 on the pommel horse.
His two-day total on the floor exercise (27.250) was ranked third among all junior (ages 17-18) competitors, while his overall score on the parallel bars (26.700) was ranked fifth. He also accounted for top-10 overall placements on the pommel horse (24.200, ninth), still rings (26.000, ninth tie) and high bar (25.850, 10th), while finishing 15th on the vault (25.850).
Stephenson, who was coached at the national meet by Air Force head coach Kip Simons, qualified to the 2013 Proctor and Gamble (P&G) Gymnastics Championships by finishing 12th at the Junior Olympic Nationals in May as a gymnast for Deveau's School of Gymnastics in Indiana.