Feb. 1, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – The Navy gymnastics team continued its improved early season action with a 410.15-point showing at the All-Academy Championships in Houston, Texas on Saturday. Competing in a three-team meet at Reliant Arena, the No. 14 Mids finished ahead of No. 13 Army (409.35), but behind No. 11 Air Force (427.70).
The final point total for Navy exceeded last week’s season-high mark of 408.1 at the Navy Open.
Joshua Steves (Houston, Texas) led the Mids in his homecoming with the first score in rings over 15.0 in program history since the new scoring system was instituted in 2008. The junior won the individual competition with a score of 15.2.
In all-around action, senior Chris Junghans (Dunkirk, Md.) finished runner-up with a 80.3 final score nudging out his teammate Jonny Tang (Fr., Malvern, Pa.), who took third at 79.8.
As a team, Navy scored a 70.25 in the floor exercise, 66.35 on the pommel horse, 72.00 on the rings, 71.55 on the vault, 66.25 on the parallel bars and a 63.75 on the horizontal bar.
In a strong all-around effort, the Mids had at least two athletes finish in the top six in five of the six disciplines on Saturday.
Led by Steves’ record-setting performance, Navy had four performers score 14.35 or above on the rings. Junior Thomas Goodell (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished in fifth place with a score of 14.65. The duo of Eric Viscardi (Jr., Marietta, Ga.) and Junghans each registered 14.35 scores on the rings.
Sophomore Connor Westrick (Waterford, Wis.) was Navy’s next highest individual finisher, as he took third in the pommel horse with a score of 14.1. Junior Alex Hoersten (Long Grove, Ill.) recorded a score of 13.7 to tie for sixth place in the event.
In parallel bar action, Texas-native Mitchell Larios (So., Frisco, Texas) led the Mids with a score of 13.75, good enough for a tie of fourth place. Fellow sophomore Andrew Potts (Ellicott City, Md.) finished close behind in sixth place with a 13.7 performance.
Navy’s third-highest scoring team event, the floor exercise, saw Viscardi and Tang finish amongst the top six, as Viscardi scored a 14.45 (fifth), while Tang posted a 14.4 (sixth).
On the horizontal bar, Potts and Tang tied for sixth place with identical scores of 13.4.
Rounding out the individual high-scorers for Navy was Tang in vault action. The freshman all-around competitor took seventh place with a score of 14.65.
In the all-around, Junghans earned his second place finish of 80.3 points with a 13.85 score in the floor exercise, a 12.85 on the pommel horse, a 14.35 on the rings, a 13.75 on the vault, a 13.2 on the parallel bars and a 12.3 on the horizontal bar.
Navy will begin the head-to-head portion of their schedule this Saturday, Feb. 8 with the annual Star meet versus Army. The Mids and Black Knights, who’ve met in two of the first three weekends in multi-team events, will face off in MacDonough Hall beginning at 1 p.m.