March 18, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy senior team captain Ben Peterman (Amherst, Mass.) won an event and posted a season-best all-around tally as the No. 15 Navy gymnastics team smashed its season-high score with a 206.25-203.15 win over No. 13 Temple on Saturday afternoon in Macdonough Hall. The Midshipmen wrapped up their regular season with a 13-6 record, while the Owls dropped to 13-7.
Peterman scored an 8.4 or higher in five of the six disciplines to rack up 51.45 points in the all-around competition on Saturday. The senior team captain won on the vault with a score of 9.25, while placing second overall on the pommel horse (8.4) and high bar (9.1).
Immediately following Peterman in the all-around was sophomore Christopher Tam (Draper, Utah). Tam registered an 8.15 or higher in all-six events to record a season-best score of 51.15 in the all-around. Tam won the high bar with a career-best mark of 9.3 and placed third overall in the floor exercise with an 8.7 from the judges.
Joining Peterman and Tam as gymnasts to score over 50 points in the all-around on Saturday was senior Grant Regelin (Columbia, Md.). Regelin earned 50.05 points to finish fourth overall on Saturday, 8.60 of which came in his third-place showing on the still rings.
Sophomore Brandon Cook (Longmont, Colo.) performed well once again in the floor exercise and vault events. Cook won the floor exercise with a season-high 9.25 score from the judges and later came in second on the vault with a 9.1 mark. With Saturday's performance, Cook has eclipsed the 9.0 on the mark on the vault seven times this season.
Junior Sean Blackman (Fayetteville, Ga.) also accounted for one of Navy's four first-place event scores, winning the still rings with a 9.2-point showing. Blackman has recorded a 9.0 or higher mark on the still rings eight times during his junior campaign.
Navy hosts the 2006 ECAC/EIGL Men's Gymnastics Championship next weekend in Macdonough Hall. The team and all-around competition takes place on Saturday, March 25, followed by the individual event finals on Sunday, March 26. The action begins at 3 p.m. on both days and tickets can be purchased at the gate during each day. Admission for adults is $10 per session and $15 for all-championship, while student tickets are $5 per session. For more championship information, make sure to log onto www.navysports.com.