Standout Performances in Event Finals Highlight Navy’s Weekend at USAGs
EVERETT, Wash. – The Navy gymnastics team wrapped up two days of postseason action at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships late Saturday night. Hosted by the University of Washington and competing at Everett Community College, the Mids tested themselves in the team championship action on Friday night before six individuals got the chance to garner USAG All-American accolades in the event finals on Saturday night.
On Friday, Navy finished action at the team portion of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championship in third place in the varsity team division with 379.7 points. Air Force won the title for the division with a 396.95 score. William & Mary placed second with a 388.4. Springfield rounded out the group of four varsity teams at the event with a respective score of 373.85.
In club division action, Arizona State defended its title with a 383.65 team score. The Sun Devils were followed in the standings by Washington (381.25), Temple (364.75) and SC United (341.5).
As a team, Navy posted a 66.3 on the floor exercise, 58.7 on the pommel horse, 63.0 on the rings, 69.7 on the vault, 61.25 on the parallel bars and 60.75 on the high bar.
Friday night saw an assortment of Mids step up and turn in strong performances, though the team score was held back a bit by struggles with depth.
The vault was the Mids most successful event on Friday night as three athletes registered top-10 scores. Lucas Beltran (Fr., Corpus Christi, Texas) led the trio as he posted a 14.65 score to rank second overall on the night. Noah Beeman (Jr., Dayton, Ohio) and Frank Bradley (Fr., McLean, Va.) also recorded high-level results as Beeman tied for eighth with a 14.1 and Bradley tied for 10th with a 14.0.
From an individual level, the pommel horse saw two of the Mids’ best routines on Friday as Ryan Orce (Fr., Gainesville, Fla.) and Trevor North (Fr., Johnstown, Ohio) ranked third and fourth with respective scores of 12.65 and 12.6.
Navy’s floor exercise and high bar lineups put down quality performances as the top-four members of each squad ranked amongst the top-17 in a field of 40-plus gymnasts. On the floor, Bradley was the Mids’ top scorer with a 13.7 that was tied for seventh overall. Beeman and Ben Provost (Fr., South Hadley, Mass.) finished back-to-back in 11th and 12th with scores of 13.5 and 13.45, respectively. Beltran rounded out Navy’s top-four floor exercise efforts with a 13.3-point result that tied for 17th.
On the high bar, Navy’s top-scoring quartet finished within 0.15 points of each other in positions 10 through 17. Provost was the top scorer on Friday night with a 12.35. Vadim Ivanov (Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.) and Orce tied for 14th with identical 12.25 scores. Beeman ranked 17th overall with a 12.2.
On the rings and parallel bars, Navy saw one athlete in each event go on to finish in the top-10 and qualify for the event finals. On the rings, Bradley tied for eighth overall with a 13.05-point effort, while Ivanov led the Mids’ parallel bar lineup with a 10th-place 12.95.
In the all-around competition, Beeman earned USAG All-American honors with a second-place result courtesy of 77.7 points. Air Force’s Tim Wang finished first with 82.9 points.
“We had five out of five plebes advance to the finals which is really encouraging,” remarked head coach Kip Simons. “Plebes are continuing to carry over half of our workload each weekend.”
On Saturday night, the six-man lineup of Beltran, Bradley, Ivanov, North, Orce and Provost took to the gym at Everett Community College to contest the event finals of the USAG Collegiate Championships. To earn USAG Collegiate All-American honors, a gymnast needed to finish amongst the top-six in their respective event. When the night of competition was over, the Navy gymnastics program walked out with four such honors, including two outright event wins by Beltran and Provost.
Beltran was the first winner as the freshman bettered his 14.65 score from Friday to a 14.75. His vault dominated the field on Saturday night as he finished 0.3 points ahead of his nearest competitor, Tim Wang from Air Force.
Provost followed up his teammate with a career-high 13.35 score on the high bar to hold off William & Mary’s Aria Sabbagh by 0.15 points. Prior to this weekend, Provost had only posted scores on the high bar on three occasions.
Ivanov captured his first career USAG All-American honor on the parallel bars as he improved his 10th-place seed to a fifth-place finish on Saturday night with a 12.95-point effort.
North was the fourth Mid to finish on the podium on as he turned in a 12.75 score for his routine on the pommel horse to rank sixth overall.
Just missing the podium on Saturday night were Bradley and Orce. Bradley was edged out of a sixth-place finish on the floor exercise by Washington’s Garrett Dee, 13.6 to 13.5. The freshman took seventh on the rings as well with a final score of 12.45. On the pommel horse, Orce came in eighth with an 11.4.
“Our plebes showed up on Saturday night,” exclaimed Simons. “Lucas hit the vault of his lifetime to win that event, while Ben came out of nowhere to win the horizontal bar. Ben qualified as the final gymnast on Friday and really did a great job on Saturday.
“I’m really proud of these young men and how they represented the Naval Academy this weekend.”
Navy will take a week off from competition before heading to Chicago for the annual ECAC Championships hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago. The one-day event is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m.