Feb. 23, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Navy gymnastics team came up short in its bid to retain the Star as Army defeated the Midshipmen, 414.0-407.05, on Saturday afternoon in West Point, N.Y. Navy's team total of 407.05 nearly matched its season-high score of 407.3 last week at the All-Academy Championships.
Army outscored Navy in four of the six events, while the Mids topped the Black Knights in the Vault (71.45-70.95) and high bar (65.15-64.65). Navy's 71.45 on the vault was a season-high score, as was it's 67.7 on the parallel bars. The Mids rounded out their team total with a 69.35 in the floor exercise, 66.95 on the pommel horse and a 66.45 on the rings.
"I think we fought hard today and I was pleased with our effort," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "Overall, Army did a good job. It was close for a while, but we made a couple of mistakes in the later events."
Chris Junghans posted his season-high score in the all-around with an 82.55 to take second place. Army's Jesse Glenn won the all-around with an 83.65. Junghans scored a 13.6 in the floor, 14.25 on the pommel horse, 13.45 on the rings, 13.8 on the vault, 14.3 on the parallel bars and 13.15 on the high bar. His 14.25 on the pommel horse was the second-highest score of the day in the event.
A pair of freshmen in Mitchell Larios and Eric Poletti posted the top scores of the dual in their respective events. Larios scored a 14.9 on the vault to lead all competitors and the mark was the highest by any Mid in the vault this season. Poletti's score of 13.3 on the high bar was also good for first.
The Midshipmen are off next weekend, but will return to action on March 9 when they host William & Mary.