No. 11 Gymnastics Drops Road Meet at No. 9 Air Force
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Navy gymnastics team concluded its regular season on Friday night with a road loss at Air Force. Competing in the Cadet West Gym, the Mids (10-9) used a lineup heavy on underclassmen and reserves versus the Falcons (10-5) with postseason action just one week away. At the completion of the meet, Air Force was victorious, 407.35-382.9.
Frank Bradley (Fr., McLean, Va.) and Noah Beeman (Jr., Dayton, Ohio) highlighted Navy’s individual performances against Air Force as Bradley won the vault event and tied for third on the floor exercise. Beeman competed in five events and notched top-five results in three: the vault, pommel horse and parallel bars.
As a team, Navy posted a 66.4 on the floor exercise, 59.65 on the pommel horse, 63.1 on the rings, 68.8 on the vault, 66.85 on the parallel bars and 58.1 on the high bar.
The Mids’ meet started with a productive turn on the floor exercise as three of their starting five gymnasts ranked amongst the top-six. Bradley and Lucas Beltran (Fr., Corpus Christi, Texas) recorded Navy’s top score with identical 13.7’s. The mark was tied for third-best in the field. Ben Provost (Fr., South Hadley, Mass.) scored a 13.15 to finish sixth overall.
Later on in the competition, Navy’s parallel bars’ lineup was even more impressive with three top-five results. The freshmen duo of Trevor North (Johnstown, Ohio) and Ryan Orce (Gainesville, Fla.) tied for the top billing on Navy with the same 13.65 result that was third-best in the event. North’s mark was personal-best for 2017. Beeman rounded out the top-five with a 13.55 score.
Bradley led the Mids’ vault corps that fell by just 0.05 points versus the Falcons’ lineup, 68.85-68.80. Bradley had an event-high 14.35. That score was a new career-high for Bradley. Beeman tied for third place 0.25 points back with a season-high 14.1 effort. In his collegiate debut, Cian McConnell (Fr., Houston, Texas) scored a 13.25 on the vault.
Other top-five individual results on Friday night, included a fourth-place finish by Provost on the high bar with a 13.15, a fifth by Beeman on the pommel horse at 12.75 and a fifth on the rings by Wyatt LaPointe (Sr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.) courtesy of a 13.45 score.
Navy was without the services of four starters on Friday night as Christian Correale (So., Harrisburg, Pa.) and Andy Jones (Jr., Reading, Mass.) missed due to injuries, and Jonny Tang (Sr., Malvern, Pa.) and Tanner West (Fr., Cypress, Texas) were rested in preparation for the postseason.
The Mids will be back in action next Friday, March 24 with team championship action at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships. The two-day event will be hosted by the University of Washington off-campus in nearby Everett, Washington.