Navy Tops Army in Gymnastics to Retain Star
Feb. 11, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team posted its highest score of the season as it defeated Army, 327.1 - 319.0, on Saturday afternoon at Macdonough Hall in Annapolis. Navy retained the Star as the win was its fourth consecutive in the series.
"I think as a team it was a near-perfect meet for us," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We had a couple guys miss in each event and we still have a lot to iron out because we just can't depend on the same guys stepping up in every meet.
"We trained hard these past two weeks - we did more routines than we ever have before during those few days."
Army held a slight lead, 108.9-108.4, after the teams opened with the floor exercise and pommel horse. Navy outscored Army, 55.3-54.5, in the floor exercise, while despite registering the top three scores on the pommel horse with Andrew Faulk (13.8), Alex Hoersten (13.6) and Chris Junghans (13.4), the Black Knights posted the high score in the event with a 55.0.
But the Mids then took over the meet as they outscored Army in each of the final four events, topping Black Knights in the rings (53.9-53.0), vault (57.0-55.5), horizontal bar (52.7-51.5) and parallel bars (54.1-49.5).
"It's always special when you compete against Army," said Faulk, who won the all-around with a total of 84.1. "I told the guys just to compete hard and focus on doing our best."
Faulk posted an event-high score of 14.3 in the high bar and tied teammate Brandon Tinkham for the high score in the parallel bars with a 13.7.
Tinkham finished second in the all-around with an 80.0, while Alex Ganz, Army's lone all-arounder, posted a 78.5.
Nate Gessner helped spur Navy's win as he posted the highest score of the day by any Mid with a 14.6 in the vault.
Navy and Army will meet again next weekend, along with Air Force, at the All-Academy Championships in San Jose, Calif.