Jan. 28, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Navy gymnastics team wrapped up its showing at the West Point Open on Saturday as seniors Andrew Faulk and Aaron Ingram competed in the individual finals at Army's Christl Arena. Faulk competed in five of the six event finals on Saturday, which was the most by any individual from any of the seven teams that took part in the two-day meet.
No. 6 Penn State, which won the team title on Friday, had gymnasts take the top two spots in five of the six events on Saturday.
"I think we're on the right track," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We're obviously not there yet, but it's a step-by-step process. Now we've got a week off to prepare for Army."
Faulk's best finish on Saturday evening came on the pommel horse where he placed third with a score of 14.0. He also finished in the top five on the parallel bars where he registered a 13.95 to take fifth.
In the vault, Faulk produced a 14.65, which was good for seventh place as Temple's Brett Statman edged Faulk by just .05 for sixth. Faulk picked up a pair of eighth-place finishes in the horizontal bar and rings as he put up scores of 13.0 and 13.2, respectively.
Navy's other competitor on Saturday, Ingram, took part in his first-career individual final. The native of Battle Ground, Wash., scored a 13.45 on the parallel bars as he took eighth place.
After two consecutive weeks of competition to open the season, Navy will take next weekend off before Army visits Annapolis on Feb. 11 for the annual Star Meet.