Navy Gymnastics Defeats William & Mary, 390.85-383.45
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Navy gymnastics team opened its busy weekend with a 7.40-point victory over William & Mary on the road on Friday night. Facing off versus the Tribe in the first of two ECAC competitions this weekend, the Mids outscored the hosts by a score of 390.85-383.45 at Kaplan Arena. After tonight’s victory Navy will quickly move on to a Sunday afternoon matchup at Springfield College.
Strong team outings on the pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar led the Mids on Friday night to the win. The team initially built out its lead on the pommel horse after scoring 5.80 points more than the Tribe at 64.85-59.05. The Mids’ parallel bars and high bar lineups also extended their lead down the stretch with 63.0 and 64.4-point scores, respectively.
Individually, David Toussaint (Fr., Warren, Ohio), Tanner West (So., Cypress, Texas), Lucas Beltran (So., Corpus Christi, Texas) and Ryan McVay (Fr., Roseville, Calif.) highlighted Navy’s performance with respective first place results on the pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bars. Toussaint cleared the field on the pommel horse by 0.65 points with a score of 13.95, while West edged William & Mary’s David Watkins on the rings by 0.15 points with his 13.8-point result. On the parallel bars, Beltran’s 13.15 came in 0.05 points clear of the Tribe’s Griffin Antle and McVay led a trio of Mids with a 13.65 on the high bar.
“Tonight was another step in the process,” remarked head coach Kip Simons. “We continue to identify and narrow in on our weaknesses as we prepare for the postseason. Going into the defending champion’s house and coming away with a victory is always a positive. Now we will refocus and prepare for another ECAC team on Sunday at Springfield.”
The meet began with both teams posting competitive floor exercise results with Navy scoring 65.85 points and William & Mary 65.70. The individual rankings showed a similar story as each team had three gymnasts in the top-six. Toussaint was the top finishing Mid with a score of 13.7. Frank Bradley (So., McLean, Va.) and Cian McConnell (So., Houston, Texas) went back-to-back in fourth and fifth place with 13.45 and 13.25-point scores.
Navy earned its first significant edge on the pommel horse as its five-man lineup finished entirely within the top-six. Toussaint finished first with ease courtesy of a 13.95 score. Ryan Orce (So., Gainesville, Fla.) and McVay placed second and third at 13.3 and 12.9, respectively. Noah Beeman (Sr., Dayton, Ohio) made it four Mids in the top-five with a score of 12.5 on the pommel horse.
The host William & Mary squad eked out a 0.75-point advantage on the rings at 66.85-66.1 to cut into Navy’s early lead. Each team had three gymnasts in the top-six with West leading the Mids with a first place score of 13.8. After Tribe gymnasts went two and three, Christian Correale (Jr., Harrisburg, Pa.) finished fourth at 13.55. McVay tied for fifth place with a 13.4.
The Tribe won consecutive events with a 1.9-point margin over the Mids in the vault, 68.55-66.65. The host team finished first, second, fourth and sixth to earn the event win. West and Travis Keller (Fr., Centreville, Va.) were the top finishing Mids with scores of 13.7 and 13.55 to place third and fifth, respectively.
Down the stretch, Navy exerted its supremacy on the parallel bars and high bar with respective advantages of 1.3 points and 2.8 points. Beltran led Navy’s parallel bars effort at 13.15. The sophomore was closely followed by Correale and Beeman in third and fourth place at 13.0 and 12.9, respectively.
On the high bar, McVay and West ran away with the top-two spots at 13.65 and 13.6. Beeman made it three Mids in the top-three with a score of 13.1. Orce gave Navy its fourth top-five finisher with a 12.6-point routine that tied for fifth overall.
After Friday night’s match, the Mids will have a quick turnaround and be back in action on Sunday afternoon at Springfield College. The meet between the Mids and Pride is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Blake Arena.