March 26, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy sophomore Brandon Cook (Longmont, Colo.) earned medals in the floor exercise and vault as the Midshipmen took five medals during the 2006 ECAC/EIGL Men's Gymnastics Championship Individual Event Finals presented by the Holiday Inns of Greater Baltimore on Sunday afternoon in Macdonough Hall. Yesterday, the Mids came away with their best conference finish since 1997, placing second among the competition with a team score of 203.775 points.
Cook picked up his first medal of the day in the floor exercise, as he finished fourth with a score of 9.15 points. The sophomore, who came into the weekend ranked as the 15th-best gymnast on the vault, came back to record a 9.0 from the judges in the event to place fourth among all finalists.
Senior team captain Ben Peterman (Amherst, Mass.) competed in three events on Sunday and picked up a medal on the vault. Peterman recorded a mark of 9.05 on the vault to place third overall, in addition to his seventh-place score of 8.15 on the parallel bars and eighth-place effort in the floor exercise with an 8.35-point showing.
Coming off his first-place performance on the still rings on Saturday, junior Sean Blackman (Fayetteville, Ga.) recorded a 9.2-point effort in the event to place second overall on Sunday. For the year, Blackman has scored a 9.0 or higher in 10 of his 11 competitions.
Navy's fifth and final medal-winning showing came from sophomore Christopher Tam (Draper, Utah) on the high bar. Tam, yesterday's second highest scoring all-around gymnast, earned a 9.0 mark from the judges to finish in second place in the event.
Freshman Joseph Atzenbeck (Broomfield, Colo.) finished in seventh-place on the parallel bars with 8.15 points. For his efforts in scoring above 8.0 in three events on Saturday and qualifying for the parallel bars finals on Sunday, Atzenbeck earned Co-Rookie of the Year honors with John Vogtman from Temple.
The NCAA Qualifying Meet appears next for selected Navy gymnasts on April 6 in Norman, Okla. Navy gymnasts that qualify in that meet will compete in the NCAA Championship on April 7-8. The team and all-around competition takes place on April 7, followed by the individual event finals on April 8.