March 4, 2012
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -
The Navy gymnastics team fell short in its bid to remain unbeaten in dual meets this season as William & Mary defeated the Midshipmen, 326.1-319.6, on Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg, Va. Senior Andrew Faulk won the all-around title as his score of 84.7 was his second-highest total of the season.
"It wasn't a great day for us," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We have to come back now from this point. We've been upgrading our routines and our training in practice and I hope we can now straighten that out."
The Tribe posted higher scores than Navy in every event but the vault on Sunday, where the Mids registered a 55.8.
In winning the all-around title for the fourth consecutive week, Faulk posted the highest scores of the meet in the pommel horse (14.2), rings (14.3), vault (14.4), parallel bars (14.1) and high bar (13.7). His scores of 14.1 on the parallel bars and 14.3 on the rings both tied season highs.
"Andrew had a lower all-around score than last week, but he was right there," said Fukushima. "He had a solid performance."
Austin Zalik had the second-highest finish for a Midshipman on Sunday as he finished just 0.1 behind Faulk on the rings with a 14.2 to take second place.
Nate Gessner placed third in the vault with a 14.0, while Brandon Tinkham and Eric Viscardi tied for fourth as both posted a 13.7.
Navy will host Temple next Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in its final dual meet before the USAG Collegiate Division Championships begin on March 30.