Gymnastics Finishes Busy Weekend with Road Win at Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Navy gymnastics team kept its undefeated mark in 2018 ECAC action alive on Sunday as the Mids held off the Springfield Pride by a score of 383.25-380.65. Competing in its second meet in less than 48 hours, the Mids used its depth and received 25 of its 30 scores from youngsters and plebes at Blake Arena.
The two teams split the six-event meet three-to-three as the Mids posted higher scores on the floor exercise, pommel horse and high bar. Significant 2.5-point or better advantages in the pommel horse and high bar rotations were pivotal in Navy’s 2.6-point victory over Springfield.
The Mids placed first on four different apparatuses with David Toussaint (Fr., Warren, Ohio) leading the way via victories on the floor exercise and pommel horse with scores of 14.0 and 13.1, respectively. Tanner West (So., Cypress, Texas) and Ben Provost (So., South Hadley, Mass.) gave Navy its third and fourth event wins as they finished first on the vault and high bar rotations. Ryan McVay (Fr., Roseville, Calif.) also played a leading role in the Mids’ success as he finished runner-up on both the rings and high bar on Sunday.
“Today was another good day for Navy Gymnastics as we kept our win streak in conference action alive,” remarked head coach Kip Simons. “We gave some of our top guys some rest today and our younger, less experienced guys performed really well. I’m very proud of their efforts.
“David Toussaint and Ryan McVay were champions today! As two regular starters they were excellent.”
As a team, Navy posted a 67.25 on the floor exercise, a 62.0 on the pommel horse, a 60.25 on the rings, a 68.9 on the vault, a 58.8 on the parallel bars and a 66.05 on the high bar.
The Mids’ floor exercise lineup was led by Toussaint and his 14.0. Placing third overall in the event was Frank Bradley (So., McLean, Va.), who recorded a 13.65-point effort. Cian McConnell (So., Houston, Texas) made it three Mids in the top-five as he tied for fourth place at 13.5.
Toussaint was the flag bearer for Navy’s pommel horse team with a score of 13.1 that bested the field by 0.5 points. His teammate Ryan Orce (So., Gainesville, Fla.) and Jake Carlson (Fr., Lakeville, Mass.) made it a clean sweep of the top-three spots with respective scores of 12.6 and 12.5.
Springfield’s Stephen Lewis placed first on the rings on Sunday at 13.35. He was followed in the standings by McVay, who was rewarded with a score of 12.7 for the Mids. West gave Navy its second top-five gymnast on the rings with a 12.25-point result that was fifth best.
In the second half of the meet, West nailed his vault routine and scored an apparatus-high 14.25 points. Bradley placed third with a score of 14.0, while Noah Beeman (Sr., Dayton, Ohio) and Travis Keller (Fr., Centreville, Va.) tied for sixth with matching 13.6 scores.
Orce and West led Navy’s parallel bar crew with scores of 13.1 and 13.05 that placed them second and third overall.
The two teams were knotted at 317.2-317.2 through parallel bars before the Mids’ high bar lineup out-performed the hosts by 2.6 points. Provost and McVay went one-two in the standings with scores of 13.8 and 13.75, respectively. Max Gerber (Fr., Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Orce made it four Mids in the top-five as Gerber posted a 13.4 and Orce a 13.3.
“We have to get better on the parallel bars and we know that,” remarked Simons. “As we prepare for the postseason, we look forward to getting back into the gym and getting ready for Arizona State and Penn State next weekend.”
The Mids will continue the second half of its schedule with a non-conference road meet at Arizona State on Saturday, March 10. The tri-meet will see the Mids, Sun Devils and Penn State Nittany Lions face off in Tempe. The meet is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET.