March 23, 2013
The Navy gymnastics team scored a 405.00 in a three-way meet with Temple and No. 13 Army on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa., to take second place. Temple won the meet with a score of 417.35 and the Black Knights scored a 403.8 to take third place.
"Anytime you beat your archrival it's good," said Navy head coach Sho Fukushima. "That being said, we didn't do as well as I hoped today. We still have a lot to do before the conference championships. I have confidence that we can do it, but it depends on how we can prepare."
The Midshipmen tied Temple for the top vault score with a season-high mark of 71.1. Navy placed second in the floor (69.85), rings (67.75) high bar (66.15). Navy completed its team score with a 65.0 in the pommel horse and 65.15 on the parallel bars.
Junior Chris Junghans posted top-five scores in four of six events as his 81.65 in the all-around was second behind only Jon Rydzefski of Temple, who registered an 82.75.
Junghans led Navy with a 14.2 in the floor exercise, which tied for the third-best score in the event. His 14.2 also led Navy in the pommel horse and was good for second overall. He was fifth in both the parallel bars and high bar with a 13.6 in each event. Junghans rounded out his all-around with a 12.3 in the rings and a 13.75 on the vault.
Eric Viscardi led all gymnasts in the vault with a score of 14.7. Mitchell Larios scored a 14.45 in the event, which was good for third.
Thomas Goodell's 14.35 in the rings was the third-best score of the day in the rings.
The Midshipmen will be back in action next weekend when they competed in the USAG Collegiate Division Championships in Williamsburg, Va. The team and all-around competition will take place on Friday and the individual finals on Saturday.