Midshipmen End Season with 10 All-America Performances
Sophomore Brandon Cook won the floor exercise and finished third on the vault on Saturday
April 15, 2006
ITHACA, N.Y. - Sophomore Brandon Cook (Longmont, Colo.) scored above a 9.0 in two events to earn All-America honors in both disciplines as the Navy gymnastics team took home 10 All-America honors during the individual event finals of the USAG Collegiate Championship at Cornell's Teagle Gymnasium on Saturday.
Cook won the floor exercise with 9.275 on Saturday, matching his season-best performance at the prelims of the NCAA Championship last week. The sophomore also registered a 9.2 on the vault to place third overall. Cook's total in the two events combined was the highest of the season, while his 9.0-plus marks in both disciplines marked the seventh time he has registered the feat this year.
One day after earning All-America honors in the all-around, sophomore Christopher Tam (Draper, Utah) was named an All-America gymnast in two individual events on Saturday. Tam finished second on the parallel bars with an 8.25 and placed fourth overall with an 8.5 in the floor exercise.
Joining Cook and Tam as gymnasts to earn All-America accolades in two events on Saturday was freshman Joseph Atzenbeck (Broomfield, Colo.). Atzenbeck received a third-place mark of 7.95 from the judges on the pommel horse and a 7.95 on the parallel bars to finish in fifth.
Freshman Adam Stanton (Centennial, Colo.) posted Navy's other individual event victory on the pommel horse. Stanton, who competed in the prelims of the NCAA Championship on the pommel horse, recorded an 8.45-point performance on Saturday. During Friday's action, the freshman scored a season-best 8.6 to lead all gymnasts in the event.
Junior Sean Blackman (Fayetteville, Ga.) came in second with a 9.0 on the still rings. Blackman finished the season with 12 marks of 9.0 or higher in the event.
Sophomore Isaac Olson (Spokane, Wash.) earned a 9.0 from the judges on the high bar to finish second among all competitors on Saturday.
Senior team captain Ben Peterman (Amherst, Mass.), an All-America all-around gymnast, wrapped up his collegiate career with All-America recognition on the high bar with an 8.5-point showing to place fourth overall.
The Midshipmen concluded their season with a 13-6 record and finished second in the ECAC Championship, their best performance in the conference championship since 1997.