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No. 15 Navy Begins 2006 Season with Three Victories

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore Christopher Tam (Draper, Utah) registered the highest all-around score among all competitors on Saturday as the No. 15 Navy men's gymnastics team opened its 2006 season with wins over James Madison, Springfield and William & Mary in the Navy Open at Macdonough Hall.

Despite the NCAA code of points changes that went into effect for the 2006 season, Navy eclipsed the 200.0 team-score mark with a 200.075 effort. William & Mary placed second with a team score off 195.3, while Springfield notched a 180.1 mark to finish third and James Madison recorded a 165.45 team effort.

Tam earned a 7.75 mark or higher in each of the six events en route to a meet-best 49.8 all-around score. The sophomore's best performance came in the high bar, where he received an 8.90 score from the judges to tie for first-place in the event with William & Mary's David Locke. The 8.9 score in the high bar was only 0.1 point off his career-best performance of 9.0 at the West Point Open on Jan. 28, 2005. Tam ranked among the overall top-10 in five of the six events, including four top-four routines.

Immediately following Tam in the all-around rankings was senior Ben Peterman (Amherst, Mass.). The senior recorded a score of 49.7 in the all-around, highlighted by his effort in the vault event. Peterman earned a career-high mark of 9.15 in the event to pace all competitors on Saturday. Peterman's previous career-best performance in the vault was a 9.0 on Feb. 28, 2004, at MIT. Peterman also led all gymnasts with his 8.5-point showing on the pommel horse.

Senior Grant Regelin (Columbia, Md.) rounded out the overall top-three in the all-around with his 48.15-point effort. Regelin pulled down an 8.65 from the judges in the vault and earned an 8.0 or higher in the parallel bars and high bar events.

Junior Sean Blackman (Fayetteville, Ga.) also tied top-honors in the still rings competition. Blackman earned a 9.15 mark in matching Jeff Jaekle's effort from William & Mary on the still rings.

The Midshipmen next head on the road for the West Point Open on Jan. 27-28. Navy will compete in the team & all-around competition on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., followed by the individual event finals on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.



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