Air Force meet review

The Huskies had their first real test at the Rocky Mountain Open held at the Air Force Academy against some great teams! They started out strong on vault scoring a 66.95, and finished the competition with their second highest event score on rings with a 63.55. Out of the five college teams competing, the team finished 5th scoring a 370.60, which is an improvement from the Washington Open last week.  Nebraska won the meet with a team score of 407.7, 2nd went to Ohio State 404.45, 3rd to ASU with a 390.95, and 4th to Air Force scoring a 389.95. 

The highlight performance was from Senior Nathan Tsuji who placed 8th on the parallel bars and 3rd place in the All Around.  Tsuji stuck 5 out of 6 of his routines and had the cleanest floor routine of the night with only .5 in deductions.  Tsuji's all-around performance qualified him to compete at the 2018 Winter Cup next month, where the best in the nation fight for a spot on the National Team.  Freshman Alex May had a beautiful horizontal bar routine with a huge tkatchev and a double twisting double layout dismount.  May also competed in the All Around and finished 11th overall.  Senior Carl Meader is only competing on the pommel horse for the Huskies this year due to a shoulder injury, but in spite of this injury, he is one of our strongest pommel workers and his score was the second highest on the team.  Junior Jacob Jarrett had strong performances on the floor and vault.  Jarret had the highest vault score on the team, a 13.90, with a double twisting Yurchenko. Junior Michael Sibley has been fighting shoulder pain the past four months, but in spite of that pain, he ended up contributing to the team score on rings, vault, parallel bars, and the high bar.  Sophomore Daniel Gordon competed five events for the Huskies, contributing to the team score on the floor, vault, and parallel bars.  Freshman Kody Dominguez is one of our strongest tumblers.  Dominguez sprained his ankle just a week ago and still was able to contribute to the team by competing five events. Sophomore Connor Petellin unfortunately became very ill the morning of the meet and was unable to compete for the Huskies.  Petellin has one of our strongest pommel horse routines and also helps us tremendously on the floor and high bar.  Freshman Zak Kuest's favorite event is the pommel horse. He was able to contribute to the team on this event with the third highest score for the team due to his simple but very clean routine.  Sophomore Ben Bloom competed everything but the pommel horse as he is still recovering from a wrist injury.  Bloom contributed to the team score on the rings, parallel bars, and high bar. 

The Dawgs looked great by representing the purple and gold with professionalism and class.  However, with much still to improve on, you can be sure that these Dawgs will be working very hard to close the gap between our rivals, the Sun Devils, before we meet them again in a few weeks. 

Jeff Crockett
Assistant Coach - Washington Men’s Gymnastics
USA Gymnastics WA State Chairman (Men's)