By Valerie Perkin
Sophomore Devin Menefee set an Academy record on the vault to claim a USA Gymnastics national title along with junior Nash Mills during the USAG Collegiate National Championships Saturday at the Cadet West Gym.
Menefee, a Houston native, won the vault with a score of 15.950, retaking the outright lead on the program’s all-time list and improving on his previous best by .100.
Mills, a native of Coto De Caza, Calif., claimed top honors on the parallel bars with a score of 14.500. His title comes just one day after he claimed champion honors in the all-around.
In addition to his first-place finish on the parallel bars, Mills earned USAG All-America honors on the still rings (13.650) and vault (15.400), while finishing eighth on the high bar with a score of 12.350.
Junior Dan Klimkowski placed second on the still rings, claiming his first USAG All-America certificate with a score of 14.050. Freshman James Okamoto was the national runner-up on the pommel horse, earning USAG All-America accolades behind a career-best score of 14.350. Sophomore Chase Nobles was also named a USAG All-American, as he finished fourth on that event with a score of 13.700.
Air Force also collected USAG All-America honors from senior Garrett Canter, who placed fifth on the high bar with a score of 13.250. Canter also participated in the event finals of the parallel bars, scoring a 12.750 to finish eighth.
Navy’s Dylan Parrott was the USAG champion on the floor exercise (14.750) and high bar (14.300), while William and Mary’s Derek Gygax won the pommel horse (14.400) and teammate Steve Duetsch finished first on the still rings (14.150).
Air Force returns to action next Saturday, April 3, when it travels to Norman, Okla., for the 2010 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.