Feb. 11, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- After losing the Star Meet in each of their first three seasons, the seniors on the Navy gymnastics team closed their Army-Navy careers by defeating the Black Knights 201.3-198.825, Saturday night in Macdonough Hall. The Midshipmen, who entered the meet ranked 12th nationally, improved to 9-4 on the season with the victory over the 10th-ranked Black Knights (8-3).
Each team recorded wins in three disciplines, with Navy winning the pommel horse (32.70-31.13), rings (33.90-32.70) and the vault (35.55-34.90), while Army won the floor exercise (33.35-33.30), the parallel bars (32.85-32.45) and the horizontal bars (33.90-33.40).
Individually, Navy athletes won three disciplines outright, with Brandon Cook (So., Longmont, Colo.) winning both the floor exercise (8.60) and the vault (9.20) and Ben Peterman (Sr., Amherst, Mass.) winning the pommel horse (8.55). Navy's Joseph Atzenbeck (Fr., Broomfield, Colo.) and Army's Brandon Whitten both recorded a score of 8.35 to win the parallel bars.
Cook's vault score was a season high, as was Peterman's tally on the pommel horse and Atzenbeck's performance on the parallel bars.
Navy's Grant Gegelin (Sr., Columbia, Mo.) recorded a season-best score of 50.20 to win the all-around, with Peterman placing second with a season-high 49.85 and Navy's Christopher Tam (So., Draper, Utah) and placing third with a score of 49.25.
Navy's team score also was a season high, which the Navy coaching staff felt was due in part to the drive of the team to win the senior class the first N-Stars of their careers.