Feb. 18, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. -
The Navy gymnastics team came up just short in its bid to reclaim the All-Academy Championships title on Saturday in San Jose, Calif., as Air Force edged the Mids, 327.8-325.65, for first place. Army placed third with a team total of 317.6.
"We fought like crazy today and stayed right with Air Force throughout the meet," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "The guys fought until the end and I really admire that. I feel like they learned something today."
After a tough opening in the floor exercise, the Midshipmen responded to post season high scores on the rings (55.2) and on the high bar (53.2).
Navy scored a 53.7 in the floor exercise, a 53.85 on the pommel horse, a 56.3 on the vault and a meet-high 53.4 on the parallel bars.
Individually, senior Andrew Faulk led Navy as he won his third all-around title of the year. Faulk posted an all-around total of 83.2 as he won both the vault, with a 14.65, and parallel bars, with a 13.7.
"Like the rest of the team, Andrew made mistakes in the floor exercise. I told him he had to fight back and he sure did," said Fukushima.
Chris Junghans placed second in the all-around competition with a season-high total of 80.45. He placed second in both the floor exercise (13.85) and pommel horse (14.0).
Other top performers for Navy on Saturday included Austin Zalik, who tied for second on the rings (14.1), and Aaron Ingram, who tied for second on the parallel bars (13.45).
Navy will be back in action when it hosts William & Mary on Feb. 26 in the first of home-and-home duals between the programs.