Jan. 17, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy gymnastics team began its season with a fourth place effort at the West Point Open on Friday night. Led by sophomore Mitchell Larios' first place result in the vault, the Mids finished with a score of 400.5. No. 4 Penn State won the team portion of the two-day meet with a 428.1 point total. William & Mary and Army rounded out the top three with cumulative scores of 416.7 and 413.05, respectively.
A quartet of Mids registered strong outings on Friday night led by three qualifying for Saturday's individual event finals: Larios, Joshua Steves (Jr., Houston, Texas) and Andrew Potts (So., Ellicott City, Md.). In his collegiate debut, freshman Jonny Tang (Malvern, Pa.) finished sixth in the all-around competition.
As a team, Navy registered a 68.95 in the floor exercise, 67.350 on the pommel horse, 68.65 on the rings, 68.45 on the vault, 65.15 on the parallel bars and 62.25 on the high bar. All totals except the high bar exceeded their 2013 results at the West Point Open.
Not missing a beat from his last appearance of the 2013 season, a first place finish at the ECAC Championships, Larios once again found himself atop the leaderboard with a 15.15 score to seed him number one going into Saturday night's action. He was the only competitor to score over 15 points, as the runner-up Tristan Duverglas of Penn State notched a 14.85. Larios also qualified in the parallel bars with a score of 14.05.
In pommel horse action, Potts ranked fourth overall with a score of 14.25, while Steves qualified on the rings with a 14.7 score.
Tang's sixth place finish of 79.5 in the all-around consisted of 14.3 in the floor exercise, 12.8 on the pommel horse, 13.55 on the rings, 13.55 on the vault, 12.3 on the parallel bars and a 13.0 on the high bar. The freshman outscored his teammate Chris Junghans (Dunkirk, Md.) in the all-around by just 1.1 points as the senior captain finished in seventh place with a score of 78.4.
Tang registered the top floor exercise and high bar scores on Navy, though both ranked just outside the top eight and automatic qualification into Saturday's event finals.
Army's Jesse Glenn won the all-around with a score of 85.85.
The West Point Open concludes on Saturday evening with the individual event finals slated to begin at 7 p.m. at Christl Arena.