April 14, 2006
ITHACA, N.Y. - Spearheaded by three All-America performances in the all-around, the Navy men's gymnastics team finished second with 202.775 points at the 2006 USAG Collegiate Championship at Cornell's Teagle Gymnasium on Friday afternoon. ECAC champion and 2006 NCAA Qualifying Meet participant William & Mary won the championship with a team score of 203.275.
For the fourth time in his last five meets, senior team captain Ben Peterman (Amherst, Mass.) scored above a 50.0 in the all-around. Peterman placed second overall with a tally of 50.05 points on Friday afternoon. The senior team captain also qualified for the individual event finals on the vault and high bar. Peterman earned his second-highest score of his career on the vault, earning a 9.3 from the judges to land second. The senior also placed third with an 8.6 on the high bar.
For the second-consecutive year, sophomore Christopher Tam (Draper, Utah) earned All-America status in the all-around. Tam placed third overall in the all-around with a 49.3 and will compete in the individual event finals in the floor exercise and parallel bars. Tam recorded an 8.3 in the floor exercise and an 8.1 on the parallel bars to advance to Saturday's action.
Also named an All-America all-around gymnast for the second-straight year is senior Grant Regelin (Columbia, Md.). Regelin combined for 47.85 points during Friday's competition to land in sixth place.
In addition to the all-around gymnasts, two Midshipmen will perform in two events on Saturday, while three others will look for All-America recognition in an event.
Sophomore Brandon Cook (Longmont, Colo.) moved on to the floor exercise and vault finals after recording a 9.0 or higher in both events for the sixth time this season. Cook, who competed in the prelims of the NCAA Championship in the floor exercise last week, finished second on Friday with a 9.0. The sophomore placed third on the vault with a 9.05 score from the judges.
Freshman Joseph Atzenbeck
(Broomfield, Colo.) joins Peterman, Tam and Cook as a Navy gymnast that will compete in two events on Saturday. Atzenbeck registered an 8.35 on the parallel bars to place third during Friday's competition. The freshman has scored an 8.0 or higher in each of his last nine performances. Atzenbeck also earned a fourth-place score of 8.1 on the pommel horse.
Fresh off his appearance in the prelims of the NCAA Championship, freshman Adam Stanton (Centennial, Colo.) led all performers with a season-best mark of 8.6 on the pommel horse.
Junior Sean Blackman (Fayetteville, Ga.) looks to win his second-consecutive USAG Collegiate Championship on the still rings following a second-place 9.25-point showing on Friday. Blackman has scored a 9.0 or higher 11 times during his junior season.
Sophomore Isaac Olson (Spokane, Wash.) tied his career high on the high bar with an 8.8 to advance to the finals. Olson's second-place mark on Friday matched his career-best mark he set against Temple on March 18.
The Midshipmen conclude their season with the individual event finals tomorrow, beginning at 2 p.m.