Gymnastics Places Third at the All-Academy Championships
Feb. 16, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. - The No. 15 Navy gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 407.3, but came up short it its bid to reclaim the All-Academy Championships title on Saturday evening in Atlanta, Ga. No. 14 Air Force took home its third straight All-Academy title with a score of 427.05 and 13th-ranked Army placed second with a 410.6. Junior Chris Junghans was Navy's top performer as he claimed the all-around title with a score of 81.65.
"This was a fun meet and we can certainly see some improvement, so that's the bright side," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We improved a lot, but we can do a lot more."
Navy's team score of 407.3 was 8.5 points better than its previous season high that it posted in the first meet of the season. The Mids established season-best marks in three events, including the floor exercise (70.55), rings (69.55) and parallel bars (67.55). Their 70.55 in the floor exercise and 66.1 on the high bar were the second-highest scores of the evening in the respective events. Navy rounded out its team score with a 64.6 on the pommel horse and 68.95 on the vault.
Junghans posted his second-best all-around score of the season in claiming the title on Saturday. He posted a 14.05 in both the floor exercise and pommel horse, a 13.75 on the rings, a 13.1 on the vault, a 13.45 on the parallel bars and a 13.25 on the high bar. His floor exercise and high bar scores tied his season-high totals in the respective events, while his 14.05 in the pommel horse was his best of the year.
"Chris had a couple of major mistakes, but he did well," said Fukushima. "I hope he can gain some more confidence and get rolling. He's a good gymnast and he can do it, but he's not quite there yet."
The Midshipmen will see the Black Knights again next Saturday when they compete for the Star at West Point.