Gymnastics Begins Season With Second-Place Finish at the Navy Open
Jan. 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team began its 2012 season on Saturday as it hosted the annual Navy Open at Macdonough Hall. The Temple Owls topped the five-team field with a total score of 330.8, while Navy finished in second place with a 311.5. Springfield edged William & Mary, 308.0-307.9, for third place.
"It was a pretty good performance. For the first meet I think we fought very well," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We've got some time to train before going to West Point next weekend, so I'm sure we can clean it up a little bit more."
Senior captain Andrew Faulk placed second in the all-around with a score of 81.6, as Temple's Adam Al-Rokh registered an 82.4 to take first place. Two of Faulk's best individual event finishes came on the rings, where he posted a 14.0, and on the horizontal bar, where he scored a 13.3, as both marks were good for third place.
Faulk placed fourth in the floor exercise (14.2), fifth on the pommel horse (13.6), tied for fifth on the vault (13.7) and tied for seventh on the parallel bars (12.8).
Sophomore Nate Gessner turned in one of Navy's most impressive performances when he scored a 14.0 in the vault, which was good for second overall and was the highest individual finish of the day by any Midshipman.
In addition to Faulk and Gessner, Chris Junghans and freshman Eric Viscardi also had top-five individual finishes in events on Saturday. Junghans took fourth on parallel bars with a 13.4, while Viscardi tied for fifth in the vault by registering a 13.7.
Viscardi was one of six Navy freshmen to see action on Saturday.
"The freshmen are becoming a main part of our team," said Fukushima. "That's been really interesting and it's a fun part of my job to see them improve."
As a team, Navy's best event on Saturday was the vault as it posted a 54.6.
Navy will be back in action next weekend when it travels to Army for the West Point Open. The two-day meet will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. with the team and all-around competition. The individual finals will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday.