Youth Leads Navy Gymnastics to Standout Event Finals
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Navy gymnastics team capped a strong opening weekend of action on Saturday night in the event finals of the West Point Open as the Mids recorded 11 top-six results. One night after finishing second in the team event, Navy came back and performed at a high level again at Christl Arena. Underclassmen Tanner West (So., Cypress, Texas) and David Toussaint (Fr., Warren, Ohio) led the Mids’ effort as each of the gymnasts notched two top-six podiums. West had the best individual result of the night with a victory on the vault.
In the floor exercise, Lucas Beltran (So., Corpus Christi, Texas) and Toussaint recorded podium finishes as Beltran came in third place with a 14.05 score, 0.5 points ahead of Toussaint, who ranked fifth at 13.55.
On the next rotation, Toussaint was right back at the top of the standings as he placed second on the pommel horse at 13.45. Ryan Orce (So., Gainesville, Fla.) made it two Mids on the podium for the pommel horse as he finished in sixth with a 12.5-point routine.
The stretch of multiple Midshipmen in the top-six continued on the rings with West and Frank Bradley (So., McLean, Va.) placing fifth and sixth, respectively with scores of 13.0 and 12.95.
The top individual result of the night came on the vault where West edged Springfield’s Stephen Lewis by 0.05 points at 14.1 to 14.05 to win the event title. Andy Jones (Sr., Reading, Mass.) came in three spots behind his teammate in fourth place at 13.85.
While, the Mids were shut out in the parallel bar finals, the team closed out Saturday night with its most prosperous event, the high bar. Freshman Ryan McVay (Fr., Roseville, Calif.) led a trio of Navy gymnasts finishing in the top-six as he posted a score of 13.45 to finish in second place, just 0.1 points shy of Penn State’s Michael Burns’ victorious score of 13.55. Noah Beeman (Sr., Dayton, Ohio) and Ben Provost (So., South Hadley, Mass.) rounded out Navy’s podium-worthy trio as Beeman finished third at 12.85 and Provost was fifth at 12.3.
Navy’s 11 top-six results were second to Penn State’s 13 podium finishes. William & Mary had six gymnasts place top-six. Army and Springfield College each had three participants finish on the podium.
The Mids continue early season action next Saturday at home with the 2018 Navy Open. The home opener for the Mids kicks off at 2:00 p.m. at MacDonough Hall.