Jan. 31, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy gymnastics team will be in action this Saturday, Feb. 1 at the annual All-Academy Championships. Coming off their highest team score in two years at the Navy Open, the Mids will look to continue improving in Houston, as they will battle No. 11 Air Force and No. 13 Army for supremacy amongst the academies. Action is slated to begin at Reliant Arena at 2 p.m. EST.
Navy finished third at the 2013 All-Academy Championships with a team score of 407.3.
Air Force is the reigning champion of the event as the Falcons have secured the team title in each of the last three years.
Last Time Out
The Mids had a strong effort last Saturday in the 2014 Navy Open. Navy registered a 408.1 score on their way to a third place finish behind No. 5 Penn State (420.9) and No. 12 William & Mary (414.25).
The underclassmen trio of Connor Westrick, Mitchell Larios, and Jonny Tang led the Mids as they each recorded third place results in individual events.
Westrick was Navy's highest scorer in pommel horse action as the sophomore registered a 14.4 score for his routine. He followed up this third place finish with a seventh place effort in the parallel bars courtesy of a 13.9 score.
Larios led the Mids in parallel bar action as he earned a 14.2 score and ranking of third place.
Tang rounded out the trio of third-place finishers as he completed the all-around competition with 79.25 points. In individual events, the freshman earned top-10 finishes in the high bar (fourth, 14.0) and the pommel horse (tenth, 13.45).
Scouting the Field
All three academy teams rank amongst the top-15 in this past Monday’s rankings and have posted similar scoring averages. The No. 11 Falcons have posted a 416.867 average in three events, while the No. 13 Black Knights have competed in two meets with a 411.675 average. The No. 14 Midshipmen have also competed in two meets and have posted a 404.450 average.
Air Force comes into Saturday’s meet with a well-balanced attack as all six disciplines rank between 10th
nationally, with its pommel horse squad leading the way with the 10th
-best average at 68.90.
Army’s rankings are a bit more volatile as the Black Knights rank as high as seventh in the high bar (68.75) and as low as 15th in the rings (67.375).
Each of the teams have two athletes ranked in the top-20 individual standings as Army is represented by Jesse Glenn (9th, all-around) and Connor Venrick (15th, pommel horse), while Air Force’s duo of Timmy Wang (13th, all-around) and Greg Chaput (13th, pommel horse) are ranked.
Here is where Navy sits nationally in this week’s rankings
Team Average: 14th
Floor Exercise: 15th
Pommel Horse: 12th
Parallel Bars: 16th
High Bar: 15th
Individual (Top 25 Nationally)
Jonny Tang: 23rd – All Around