Air Force wins 3 individual event titles at 2012 USA Gymnastics Men's Collegiate Championships
posted on 04/01/2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 1, 2012 – Six individual event titles were handed out at the 2012 USA Gymnastics Men's Collegiate Championships at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday night. Air Force claimed three titles, Springfield College earned two, and Navy took one.

Jimmy Pezzino of Springfield College successfully defended his title with a 14.900 on floor exercise. The U.S. Air Force Academy's Corbin Palmer and Springfield's Alex McCabe finished second and third, respectively, with a 14.150 and 14.050.

U.S. Naval Academy's Chris Junghans took the pommel horse crown with a 13.700. James Okamoto of Air Force finished second with a 13.400. Stephen Gragg of Arizona State University scored a 13.350 to take third.

On still rings, Ryan Ponce of Springfield scored a 15.250 to claim first. Air Force's Gared Chapman and Devin Menefee finished second and third, respectively, with a 15.000 and 14.950.

Ben Zaiser of Air Force earned the vault crown with a 14.600. Jimmy Pezzino of Springfield took second at 14.500. Daniel Potemski of the College of William & Mary finished third with a 14.450.

Air Force's Josh Ramos won the parallel bars title scoring 14.150, with teammate Corbin Palmer taking second with a 14.100. Andrew Faulk of Navy, who claimed the all-around varsity title on the first day of competition, took third with a 13.950.

Mac Richie claimed the third event title win for Air Force with a 14.900 on the horizontal bar. Okamoto finish second with scores of 14.250, and Alex Gaudaur of ASU, placed third with 13.950.

The schools who competed in this year's field were: Varsity – College of William and Mary, Springfield College, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy; and Collegiate Club Division – Arizona State University, College at Brockport, and University of Washington.

Both the U.S. Air Force Academy and Arizona State University successfully defended their Varsity and Collegiate Club Division titles, respectively, in Friday's team competition. Gaudaur won the club all-around, with Faulk taking the varsity title.

At the men's USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships, the team and all-around competition are divided into two categories, varsity and collegiate. The varsity competition is for Division II and III schools with gymnastics as a varsity sport and the military academies, and the collegiate team category is for two-year or four-year degree-granting schools with gymnastics as a club sport. The individual event finals combine the two divisions into one.

2011 USA Gymnastics Men's Collegiate Championships
Colorado Springs, Colo.
March 31, 2012
Individual event finals

Floor exercise
1. Jimmy Pezzino, Springfield College, 14.900
2. Corbin Palmer, U.S. Air Force Academy, 14.150
3. Alex McCabe, Springfield College, 14.050

Pommel Horse
1. Chris Junghans, U.S. Naval Academy, 13.700
2. James Okamoto, U.S. Air Force Academy, 13.400
3. Stephen Gragg, Arizona State University, 13.350

Still Rings
1. Ryan Ponce, Springfield College, 15.250
2. Gared Chapman, U.S. Air Force Academy, 15.000
3. Devin Menefee, U.S. Air Force Academy, 14.950

Vault
1. Ben Zaiser, U.S. Air Force Academy, 14.600
2. Jimmy Pezzino, Springfield College, 14.500
3. Daniel Potemski, College of William & Mary, 14.450

Parallel Bars
1. Josh Ramos, U.S. Air Force Academy, 14.150
2. Corbin Palmer, U.S. Air Force Academy, 14.100
3. Andrew Faulk, U.S. Naval Academy, 13.950

Horizontal Bar
1. Mac Ritchie, U.S. Air Force Academy, 14.900
2. James Okamoto, U.S. Air Force Academy, 14.250
3. Alex Gaudaur, Arizona State University, 13.950