April 8, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - Sophomore Brandon Cook (Longmont, Colo.) and freshman Adam Stanton (Centennial, Colo.) represented the Navy men's gymnastics team in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championship on Friday evening at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
Cook just missed qualifying for the individual event finals championship with a season-best, 11th-place score of 9.275 points in the floor exercise. The sophomore registered a 9.1 in the discipline on Thursday to place sixth in the second session of the NCAA Qualifying Meet. Cook, who entered this weekend's championship ranked 19th nationally in the floor exercise, was making his second-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance in the event.
Stanton finished in a 40th-place tie on the pommel horse with a 7.55 from the judges on Friday. The freshman produced an 8.45-point showing in the discipline on Thursday to become the second Navy freshman gymnast in as many years to compete in the NCAA Championship, as Cook performed in the floor exercise as a freshman last year.
The top-ten gymnasts in each of the six events of Friday advanced from the preliminary round to the individual event finals on Saturday.
NCAA Championship host and No.1 ranked Oklahoma won its second-straight national championship with a team score of 221.4 points. Illinois finished second with a 220.975, followed by Stanford's 218.375, Penn State's 215.125, California's 215.0 and Iowa's 211.8.
The Midshipmen will wrap up their season next weekend at the USA Collegiate Championship in Ithaca, N.Y., on April 13-15.