Mids Take Fourth at the Navy Open
Jan. 19, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team opened the 2013 season on Saturday at Macdonough Hall in Annapolis with the Navy Open. No. 4 Penn State ran away with the title by posting a team score of 440.9. No. 14 William & Mary followed with a 409.4 and No. 12 Temple registered a 407.05. Navy posted a team score of 398.8 and Springfield finished in fifth with a 391.15.
"We ended up about where I expected," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We certainly have work to do and we'll change the lineup around next weekend. Some of the younger guys showed they are pretty steady."
Junior Chris Junghans had the highest individual finish of any Midshipman as he took third in the all-around with a score of 81.7. Junghans posted a 13.95 in floor exercise, 13.8 on the pommel horse, 13.2 on the rings, 13.95 on the vault, 13.75 on the parallel bars and 13.05 on the high bar. His 13.75 on the parallel bars was the seventh-highest score of the afternoon in the event.
Penn State's Trevor Howard (86.15) and Matt Felleman (84.1) placed first and second, respectively, in the all-around. Howard placed in the top five in four of six events.
Navy sophomores Josh Steves and Thomas Goodell post posted a 13.95 on the rings, which tied for the seventh-best score of the day in the event. For Goodell, the 13.95 in the rings was his best individual score in the all-around as he posted a total of 78.75, which was fifth. Fellow sophomore teammate Eric Viscardi followed in sixth place in the all-around with a score of 77.55.
As a team, Navy posted a 63.85 in the floor exercise, 64.9 in the pommel horse, 68.05 in the rings, 68.85 in the vault, 65.55 in the parallel bars and 67.6 in the high bar. Penn State posted the highest team scores in all six events.
The Midshipmen will be back in action at home again next weekend as they will host William & Mary on Sunday at 3 p.m.