Gymnastics Earns Third Place Finish at ECAC Championships
March 28, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team finished in third place versus a strong ECAC field on Friday at Macdonough Hall. Taking on No. 12 William & Mary, No. 13 Army and three other ranked league foes, the Mids posted their third highest point total of the year at 413.8. William & Mary earned the ECAC title and automatic bid for the NCAA Championship with a total of 424.05, while Army was the runner-up at 419.10.
The rest of the field in the competition was as follows: Springfield (4th-407.1), Temple (5th-406.85) and Illinois-Chicago (6th-399.45).
Navy was led by 14 performances that qualified for event finals on Saturday. Sophomore Mitchell Larios (So., Frisco, Texas) was the Mids' top qualifier as he finished second on the parallel bars with a 14.3. Chris Junghans (Sr., Dunkirk, Md.) followed up Larios' effort with a 13.75 score, that also earned him a spot in Saturday's event finals.
The third-place finisher in the all-around, Junghans claimed three more spots for Saturday with a 14.1 in the floor exercise, a 13.8 on the pommel horse and a 14.95 on the rings. His performance on the rings was the third-best amongst the field. He rounded-out his 83.35 overall score with a 13.65 on the vault and a 13.1 on the high bar. Army's Jesse Glenn won the all-around title with an 87.45 score.
Larios backed up his parallel bar effort with the sixth-best result in the floor exercise at 14.2. He has followed closely by teammate Jonny Tang (Fr., Malvern, Pa.), who finished with a 14.1.
Navy's top pommel horse athlete was Andrew Potts (So., Ellicott City, Md.), who posted a 13.85 score. Junghans and Eric Morrison (So., Broomfield, Colo.) completed the trio of Mids, who qualified for Saturday; Morrison scored a 13.6.
On the rings, Junghans and Thomas Goodell (Jr., Hopkinton, Mass.) both finished top-six in the field. Junghans' 14.95 was 0.4 points better than Goodell's 14.55.
The duo of Eric Viscardi (Jr., Marietta, Ga.) and Joshua Steves (Jr., Houston, Texas) posted matching 14.65 scores to tie for fifth place in a hotly-contested vault race that saw 15 gymnasts earn scores of 14.5 or higher.
Potts and Tang were Navy's top two finishers on the high bar with qualifying scores of 14.35 and 13.8, respectively.
As a team, the Mids registered a 69.55 in the floor exercise, 65.65 on the pommel horse, 70.95 on the rings, 70.85 on the vault, 68.75 on the parallel bars and 68.05 on the high bar.
The individual finals will get underway on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Macdonough Hall. The top six scorers in each event will earn all-conference honors from the ECAC.