Jan. 27, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Navy gymnastics team began the two-day West Point Open on Friday night at Army's Christl Arena by taking fourth place in the team competition with a score of 324.0. No. 6 Penn State won the team title with a score of 352.0, while Temple took second with a 342.3 and host Army placed third with a total of 326.2.
"We improved from last week like I expected," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima about the Mids as they improved their team score by 12.5 points over last week. "We exceeded what I expected in some areas, but still had a lot of mistakes and we have a lot of work to do."
The Mids' best events on Friday night were the rings (55.0) and horizontal bar (52.0) as both were the third-highest team scores of the evening. Navy tied for fourth in the pommel horse (54.1) and took fourth in the vault (56.5).
Senior Andrew Faulk placed second in the all-around with a score of 84.6 and qualified for Saturday night's individual finals in five events. Faulk will vie for individual titles in the pommel horse (14.5), rings (14.1), vault (14.6), parallel bars (14.1) and horizontal bar (13.4). Faulk's pommel horse and parallel bars scores were both good for sixth place, while his vault total was the seventh best of the evening.
"Andrew has done a beautiful job so far this season," said Fukushima. "He didn't make many big mistakes and certainly looked like an ECAC champion tonight."
Faulk finished second only to Penn State's Parker Raque (85.5) in the all-around. Navy's other all-arounder, Brandon Tinkham placed 11th with a score of 77.1.
Senior Aaron Ingram produced one of Navy's highest finishes of the night when he placed ninth in the parallel bars with a 13.7, which qualified him for Saturday's individual finals.
Saturday night's individual finals will begin at 7:15 p.m.
Final Team Scores
Penn State - 352.0
Temple - 342.3
Army - 326.2
Navy - 324.0
Springfield - 322.2
Arizona St - 318.9
SUNY Brockport - 247.3