Midshipmen Place Fourth at West Point Open
Jan. 28, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Grant Regelin (Columbia, Md.) registered a 48.55 mark in the all-around as the No. 10 Navy men's gymnastics team accumulated 196.6 points to place fourth in the West Point Open on Friday evening. Seven Midshipmen qualified and competed in the individual event finals on Saturday night, with five earning medals for placing among the top-six.
In the team and all-around competition that took place on Friday night, seventh-ranked Penn State won the West Point Open for the ninth-straight year courtesy of a 206.8-team score. Host No. 13 Army came in second with 199.5 points, followed by No. 15 Temple's 197.05 points, No. 10 Navy's 196.6 points, No. 16 Springfield's 182.7 points, MIT's 172.65 points and No. 19 James Madison's 171.05 points.
Regelin ranked in the overall top-20 in four events to earn a tie for the eighth-highest all-around score. The senior received an 8.65 from the judges for the second consecutive meet on the vault to place 15th overall. Regelin advanced to the individual event finals on the pommel horse after recording an 8.3 effort on Friday.
Sophomore Christopher Tam (Draper, Utah) landed among the overall top-15 in the all-around with a 46.9-point performance. Tam, who boasted the highest all-around mark in the season-opening Navy Open two weeks ago, qualified for Saturday's action with an 8.3-point showing on the high bar. The sophomore earned an 8.6 from the judges on Saturday evening to medal with a fifth-place finish.
Senior Ben Peterman (Amherst, Mass.) scored 46.65 all-around points to finish in 17th-place on Friday. Peterman also ranked in the top-eight on the parallel bars, courtesy of an 8.0 performance, to advance to the event finals.
Freshman Joseph Atzenbeck (Broomfield, Colo.) immediately followed Peterman with an all-around tally of 46.35 points to place 18th in his first-collegiate effort in the all-around. Atzenbeck followed the act of the other Navy all-around competitors by qualifying for Saturday's action in one event. The freshman tied Regelin for fifth on the pommel horse with 8.3 points on Friday. On Saturday night, Atzenbeck produced an 8.25 score to tie for third-place.
Sophomore Brandon Cook (Longmont, Colo.) served Navy in two of the event finals on Saturday due to a pair of 9.1 performances in the floor exercise and vault. Cook would earn medals in both events on Saturday night with an 8.75 in the floor exercise to place third and an 8.85 on the vault to finish in fourth-place.
Junior Sean Blackman (Fayetteville, Ga.) and sophomore Isaac Olson (Spokane, Wash.) also landed among the top-eight in one event during Friday's action to compete on Saturday. Blackman earned a 9.2 from the judges on the still rings during both days to record a fifth-place finish on Saturday evening. Olson tied his career high on the high bar for the second-time this season with an 8.3 effort on Friday, then followed with an 8.15 performance on Saturday to land in sixth-place.
Navy returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 4, with the James Madison Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va., starting at 2 p.m.