Feb. 4, 2006
HARRISONBURG, Va. - Sophomore Christopher Tam (Draper, Utah) won the high bar event and placed third in the all-around as the 12th-ranked Navy gymnastics team finished second among four teams at the James Madison Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
No. 10 William & Mary won the meet with a team score of 201.35, followed by No. 12 Navy's 196.3-point showing. No. 13 Illinois-Chicago finished third with 195.15 points and host No. 19 James Madison tallied 171.7 points to come in fourth.
Tam matched his season-high score on the high bar with an 8.9-point performance to win the event. The sophomore produced an all-around mark of 48.3 to finish third among all competitors. Tam's all-around score was only 0.2 point off the all-around champion's score of 48.5 by Aaron Ingram from William & Mary.
Seniors Ben Peterman (Amherst, Mass.) and Grant Regelin (Columbia, Md.) also placed among the top-five in the all-around on Saturday. Peterman scored 47.3 points to place fourth, while Regelin earned 47.2 points to immediately follow in fifth.
Sophomore Brandon Cook (Longmont, Colo.), last week's USAG Collegiate Division National Gymnast of the Week, won the floor exercise with an 8.95-point performance. Junior Sean Blackman (Fayetteville, Ga.), ranked sixth nationally in last week's rankings on the still rings, won the event with a season-high 9.35 score from the judges. Freshman Adam Stanton (Centennial, Colo.) produced a third-place effort on the pommel horse with a season-best 8.15.
The Midshipmen (8-4) return home to host Army in the annual Star Meet in Macdonough Hall on Saturday, Feb. 11. The meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m.