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Gymnastics Places Fifth at the West Point Open

Jeff Sauers

Feb. 1, 2013


WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy gymnastics team posted a score of 398.15 and took fifth place at the West Point Open on Friday night. 13th-ranked Temple won the team competition with a score of 417.4, host Army placed second with a 416.1, followed by No. 11 William & Mary at 411.4 and Springfield at 401.4. The all-around competition was also held on Friday evening and Junior Chris Junghans placed fourth with a score of 80.9. A total of five Mids qualified for Saturday night's individual event finals.

"We had some guys improve tonight. We still made some major mistakes though," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We were a little conservative tonight in what we did because we're still working on some difficult routines. We're looking forward to tomorrow."

The Mids' registered a 67.3 in the floor exercise, 65.5 on the pommel horse, 67.95 on the rings, 68.3 on the vault, 64.85 on the parallel bars and 64.25 on the high bar. Their 64.4 on the pommel horse was a season high.

Junghans' all-around score comprised of a 13.9 on the floor exercise, 14.0 on the pommel horse, 13.65 on the rings, 13.5 on the vault, 12.7 on the parallel bars and 13.15 on the high bar. His score of 14.0 on the pommel horse was a season high and qualified him for the individual event final tomorrow night.

Army's Jesse Glenn won the all-around with a score of 85.95.

Freshman Mitchell Larios registered a 13.7 on the parallel bars, which was a season-high score and good enough to send him to Saturday's finals. Trevor Carson posted 13.45 on the high bar, which was also a top-eight score.

Sophomore Jeff Sauers qualified for the finals in the vault with a 13.9 and Thomas Goodell qualified in the rings with a 13.9.



Saturday's individual event finals of the West Point Open will begin at 7 p.m. at Christl Arena.
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