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Gymnastics To Host Navy Open This Saturday

Sophomore Eric Poletti

Sophomore Eric Poletti

Jan. 24, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team kicks off the home portion of its 2014 schedule with the annual Navy Open on Saturday, Jan. 25. Beginning at 1 p.m., the No. 15 Mids will host No. 5 Penn State, No. 12 William & Mary, Temple and Springfield amongst the collegiate teams.

In the 2013 Navy Open, the Mids finished in fourth place with a score of 398.80.

Last Time Out

In its first competition of the season, Navy took fourth place at the West Point Open on Friday, Jan. 17. Led by sophomore Mitchell Larios' first place result in the vault, the Mids finished with a score of 400.8.

After scoring a 15.15 in vault during the team portion of the two-day event, Larios led a quartet of Midshipmen into competition on Saturday night's individual finals.  The sophomore took fifth in the finals with a vault of 14.3, while junior Joshua Steves equaled his teammate with a fifth place finish in the rings. Steves scored a 14.15.

Senior Chris Junghans and sophomore Andrew Potts competed in the individual finals for rings and pommel horse, respectively.

In his collegiate debut, freshman Jonny Tang finished in six place in the all around competition on Friday with a score of 14.3.

Scouting the Field

A strong field will be in competition at Macdonough Hall on Saturday as three of the five teams are ranked in this past Monday's rankings.

No. 5 Penn State leads the way as they have averaged 431.9 in its two team competitions so far in 2014. Led by the second-best floor exercise average (72.9) in the country, the Nittany Lions also rank third in the rings (74.125) and parallel bars (72.225).


 

 

No. 12 William & Mary is the second-highest ranked team coming to town on Saturday as the Tribe scored a 416.7 in their season-opening competition, last weekend at the West Point Open. William & Mary is strongest in the floor exercise discipline as its 70.85 average is sixth-best in the nation.

Temple and Springfield round out the field. Though not ranked, the Owls and Pride both received consideration in the weekly coaches' poll, which is based on votes, not point averages.

Temple scored a 398.65 at last weekend's West Point Open, while Springfield registered a 388.95 total. Nationally, the Owls' pommel horse team is ranked 12th overall with an average of 67.35. The Pride's pommel horse efforts also rank nationally with the 15th-best average at 65.35.

National Rankings

Here is where Navy sits nationally in this week's rankings

Team

Team Average: 15th

Floor Exercise: 14th

Pommel Horse: 12th

Rings: 12th

Vault: 17th

Parallel Bars: 19th

High Bar: 16th

Individual (Top 25 Nationally)

Jonny Tang: 21st - All Around

Mitchell Larios: 23rd - Vault

Competition Rotation

Rotation

FX

PH

R

V

BYE

PB

HB

1

W&M

SC

PENN ST

TEMPLE

NAVY

CLUB II

CLUB I

2

CLUB I

W&M

SC

PENN ST

TEMPLE

NAVY

CLUB II

3

CLUB II

CLUB I

W&M

SC

PENN ST

TEMPLE

NAVY

4

NAVY

CLUB II

CLUB I

W&M

SC

PENN ST

TEMPLE

5

TEMPLE

NAVY

CLUB II

CLUB I

W&M

SC

PENN ST

6

PENN ST

TEMPLE

NAVY

CLUB II

CLUB I

W&M

SC

7

SC

PENN ST

TEMPLE

NAVY

CLUB II

CLUB I

W&M

 

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