March 15, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Navy gymnastics team was defeated in its final regular season head-to-head meet at Springfield College on Saturday, 411.35-406.15. The Mids ran into a Pride team that posted its second-highest team score, one that was 9.05 over its regular average of 402.3.
Navy was led by the trio of Chris Junghans (Sr., Dunkirk, Md.), Mitchell Larios (So., Frisco, Texas) and Jonny Tang (Fr., Malvern, Pa.), who all earned individual event wins at the meet.
Junghans won the all-around competition as he went toe-to-toe with Springfield’s Jon Zirna throughout the afternoon. In the final event, the high bar, Junghans out-scored Zirna 12.95 – 12.70 to earn the all-around title by an 81.25 to 81.05 final score.
Junghans notched his 81.25 score with a 13.25 result in the floor exercise, 13.4 on the pommel horse, 13.6 on the rings, 14.2 on the vault, 13.85 on the parallel bars and a 12.95 on the high bar.
Tang won the day’s first event, the floor exercise, with a 14.4 score to hold off a pair of his Navy teammates. Eric Viscardi (Jr., Marietta, Ga.) finished runner-up in the event with a 14.2 score, 0.15 points ahead of the third-place finishing Larios.
In the vault, Tang and Larios battled again with the sophomore Larios coming out on top 14.9 to 14.45. Junghans gave Navy three vaulters in the top four with a 14.2 result.
Thomas Goodell (Jr., Hopkinton, Mass.), Andrew Potts (So., Ellicott City, Md.) and Larios were the three highest finishers for the Mids on the high bar, pommel horse and parallel bars, respectively. Goodell finished second on the high bar with a 13.7 score, while Potts was third on the pommel horse at 13.95 and Larios was fourth on the parallel bars at 13.95.
As a team, the Midshipmen registered a 68.20 in the floor exercise, 64.50 on the pommel horse, 68.35 on the rings, 70.95 on the vault, 67.75 on the parallel bars and 66.35 on the high bar.
Navy will begin post-season action next weekend as it hosts the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships at Macdonough Hall. The multi-team event kicks off on Friday, March 21 at 4 p.m. with the team and all-around competition before concluding on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. with the individual event finals.