Feb. 26, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's gymnastics team (2-0) defeated William & Mary, 329.9-328.6, at Macdonough Hall on Sunday afternoon. Navy topped William & Mary in the floor exercise (55.4-54.3), the pommel horse (53.3-53.1), the vault (57-56.6) and the two teams tied in the high bar (55-55). The Tribe bested the Mids in the rings and the parallel bars.
"This was our highest team score of the year," head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima said. "We are making progress with the team and as we continue to compete, we will begin to upgrade our routine difficulties."
Senior Andrew Faulk (San Antonio, Texas) scored the highest all-around score of the day, an 85.5. Faulk was the top-ranked gymnast in the floor exercise (14.5), the pommel horse (14), the rings (14.30) and the parallel bars (13.9). Faulk entered the weekend ranked No. 7 in the nation in the all-around.
"Andrew had his highest score of the year and he should be ranked even higher now," Fukushima said. "He has been making some national team caliber scores. I was also really pleased with Chris Junghans. He has really been organizing his performance and I think he can score even higher."
Junghans, a sophomore from Dunkirk, Md., was third in the all-around with an 81.2. Three of Junghans better events were the floor exercise (13.8), the pommel horse (13.8) and the vault (13.8).
Other top performances for the Mids on Sunday included Austin Zalik (Jr., Allentown, Pa.) in the rings (13.8), Brandon Tinkham (Sr., Round Rock, Texas) in the parallel bars (13.8) and Nate Gessner (So., Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Eric Viscardi (Fr., Marietta, Ga.) each scored a 14.2 in the vault.
Navy and William & Mary will compete once again next weekend, as the Mids make a trip to Williamsburg, Va. for a meet at 3:00 pm Sunday.