March 22, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team completed its performance at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships on Saturday with the individual event finals. Six Mids competed in the finals and four earned USAG All-America honors by placing amongst the top six in their respective events.
Junior Joshua Steves (Houston, Texas) led the hosts by collecting a pair of USAG All-America honors on Saturday. Competing on the rings and the vault, Steves placed fourth on the rings with a score of 14.875 before taking fifth on the vault at 14.25.
Sophomore Andrew Potts (Ellicott City, Md.) equaled Steves for the title of top-finishing Mid in the finals as he scored 13.75 on the pommel horse to earn fourth place. Potts has now collected All-America awards in each of his first two seasons of competition.
Coming off a USAG All-America nod on Friday night in the all-around, Chris Junghans (Sr., Dunkirk, Md.) performed at All-America status on Saturday on the rings with a 14.65 result to finish in fifth place, right behind Steves. Junghans has earned at least one All-American honor in three straight years.
Navy's final USAG All-American on the day was Thomas Goodell (Jr., Hopkinton, Mass.), who finished sixth with a score of 13.675 on the high bar to collect a USAG accolade for the second consecutive season.
Eric Viscardi (Jr., Marietta, Ga.) and Mitchell Larios (So., Frisco, Texas) also competed for Navy in the event finals and both barely missed qualifying for the All-America designation. Viscardi finished seventh in the floor exercise at 13.125 to fall just 0.375 points shy of Springfield's Jon Zirna, who took sixth with a score of 13.5. Larios was a competitor in two events, but came up short on the parallel bars by 0.05 points to Army's Alex Ganz, 13.675 to 13.625, and missed Air Force's Ben Zaiser, who took sixth on the vault by 0.40 points, 14.225 to 13.825.
The combination of five USAG All-America performances on Saturday and two more on Friday in the all-around by Junghans and Jonny Tang
(Fr., Malvern, Pa.) gave Navy seven honors for the weekend.
The Midshipmen will continue their postseason schedule with another home championship next weekend. Beginning on Friday, March 28 at 4 p.m., Navy will host the 2014 ECAC Championships. The team and all-around competition will be held on Friday before the individual event finals will go off on Saturday at 2 p.m.