Feb. 16, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team notched its second score over 420.0 in 2014 with a 420.1 point showing on Sunday afternoon as it narrowly fell to William & Mary by just 2.1 points. The No. 12 Tribe, who set a school-record for team points, held off a strong attempt by the No. 14 Mids and all-around winner, senior Chris Junghans (Dunkirk, Md.).
Junghans' win was backed up by a deep team effort, in which Navy had second place finishers in five of the six disciplines on Sunday.
As a team, the Midshipmen registered a 68.80 in the floor exercise, 69.45 on the pommel horse, 70.80 on the rings, 71.35 on the vault, 68.60 on the parallel bars and 70.10 on the high bar.
Navy's string of second place finishers began in the floor exercise when junior Eric Viscardi (Marietta, Ga.) posted a 14.7 result. Jonny Tang (Fr., Malvern, Pa.) followed Viscardi in third place with a 14.5 score.
In the pommel horse, Connor Westrick (So., Waterford, Wis.) fell to William & Mary's Jason Wang by 0.15 points, 14.5 to 14.35. Once again, the Mids took second and third, as Eric Morrison (So., Broomfield, Colo.) came in behind his teammate with a 14.3 score.
On the rings, Joshua Steves (Jr., Houston, Texas) led Navy's effort with a 14.95 result.
The vault was Navy's most successful event as the Mids registered a 71.35 score and bettered William & Mary by a 0.70 margin. Sophomore Mitchell Larios (Frisco, Texas) highlighted the vaulting squad as he was the first of five top-seven Midshipmen finishers. Larios took second place at 14.75, falling 0.20 points shy of the Tribe's Neal Courter. Tang (4th-14.3), Junghans (5th-14.2), Viscardi (5th-14.2) and Steves (7th-13.9) rounded out the top scorers for Navy in the vault.
In the parallel bars, the Mids went 2-3-4. Junghans led the team with a 14.4 result, ahead of Westrick and Andrew Potts (So., Ellicott City, Md.), who finished with scores of 14.1 and 14.05, respectively.
Navy rounded out its performance on Sunday with a 0.60-point team win in the high bar over William & Mary by a 70.10 to 69.50 score. Junghans spearheaded the Mids' effort with a 14.5 score. Potts and Tang followed up their senior captain with scores of 14.15 and 14.0, respectively.
Junghans all-around victory (84.95 points) and career-best mark came courtesy of a 14.1 in the floor exercise, 13.8 on the pommel horse, 13.4 on the rings, 14.2 on the vault, 14.4 on the parallel bars and a 14.5 on the high bar. Tang finished third (82.3) as William & Mary's J.J. Jindra edged him by 0.35 points for second place.
Navy will be back in action in two weeks in Williamsburg, Va. when it completes its head-and-head series with this William & Mary squad. The meet on March 2 is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.