Gymnastics Star Meet Awaits Navy Squad
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The 2018 Star Meet between the gymnastic teams from Army and Navy is set for this Saturday, February 3 at 2 p.m. at Navy’s Macdonough Hall. The No. 9 Midshipmen (2-0) will look to continue its momentum from a fast start to the 2018 season versus the No. 14 Black Knights (0-2) in the annual head-to-head competition between the service academy rivals.
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Last year at West Point, the host Black Knights upset the Mids, 405.85-402.8. Coming into the annual meet separated by one spot in the national standings and 6.38 points in their respective season averages, the Black Knights turned in a season-best performance to knock off the visiting Mids. In its victory, Army exceeded its season average by 12.8 points, while Navy surpassed its season average as well, to the tune of 3.37 points.
Close throughout the contest, Navy held a slim 0.1-point lead after the fourth rotation, vault, before Army earned a 1.05-point victory on the parallel bars and a 2.1-point advantage on the high bar to take the lead and conclude the event as the victor. The host Black Knights’ depth and experience proved pivotal as Midshipmen gymnasts secured the top individual scoring position in four of the six events, but just not enough other top-five finishes.
Individually, the trio of Jonny Tang, Lucas Beltran and Wyatt LaPointe led the Mids’ effort. All three gymnasts finished atop the scoring column for at least one event. Tang was the meet’s top all-arounder with a score of 82.1, as well as the top parallel bar competitor with a 14.25. Beltran posted top scorers on the floor exercise and the vault with respective scores of 13.85 and 14.9. LaPointe rounded out the top finishers for Navy as he recorded a 14.55 on the rings to outscore the field by 0.8 points.
Earlier this season at the West Point Open on the first weekend of action, January 12-13, Navy cruised to a second place result. Taking on a six-team field, the Mids posted a score of 395.05 to place second overall, trailing just the No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions, who recorded a meet-high 406.85 points. A complete team effort highlighted the Mids’ effort as 10 different Navy gymnasts finished amongst the top-10 on the six individual apparatuses. Following Penn State and Navy in the team standings, Army, the host squad was third with 380.35 points.
Last Time Out
Navy showed strongly this past Saturday in a home tri-meet versus William & Mary and Temple at Macdonough Hall. A fast start with four team event wins over the first four rotations bolstered the Mids’ effort and led to an eventual 7.1-point victory. Navy finished Saturday with 396.4 points, while William & Mary recorded 389.3 points. A short-handed Temple (0-2) club squad notched 242.05 points.
Individual leaders for the Mids in the meet included, Andy Jones, who posted the highest score on the floor exercise, Tanner West, the high-scorer on rings, and Ben Provost, who paced the field on the high bar.
Ryan McVay also played a significant role in Navy’s success as thefreshman took part in his first all-around competition as a collegiate and came away with a first place point total of 77.8. He placed in the top-10 in five of the six events including a second place on rings (13.45), second place on the horizontal bar (13.45) and fifth on pommel horse.
For their achievements, Jones was named the ECAC Specialist of the Week, while McVay garnered the conference’s nod as Rookie of the Week.
Event Comparisons (Season Averages/Single-Meet High Score)
Individuals to Watch
Season averages listed
|Navy||Army West Point|
|Lucas Beltran, 13.775||Elliott Herman, 13.5|
|Frank Bradley, 13.583||Cole Casanova, 13.133|
|David Toussaint, 13.462||Seth Cannon, 13.1|
|David Toussaint, 13.325||Nathan Goff, 12.9|
|Ryan Orce, 12.65||Matthew Martin, 12.6|
|Jake Carlson, 12.35||Brandon Shively, 12.433|
|Tanner West, 13.25||Elliott Herman, 13.075|
|Christian Correale, 12.95||Taka Giese, 12.937|
|Ryan McVay, 12.933||Ryan Wilson, 12.85|
|Tanner West, 14.1||Ryan Wilson, 13.838|
|Frank Bradley, 13.933||Cole Casanova, 13.833|
|Andy Jones, 13.875||Alejandro Tombrink, 13.667|
|Tanner West, 13.3||Nick McAfee, 13.35|
|Trevor North, 13.275||Nathan Goff, 13.225|
|Lucas Beltran, 13.1||Elliott Herman, 12.825|
|Ryan McVay, 13.425||Nathan Goff, 12.883|
|Ben Provost, 13.112||Daniel Yamamura, 12.5|
|Noah Beeman, 13.083||Cole Casanova, 12.467|
2017-18 Star Series
Saturday’s meet is one of four Army-Navy Star competitions in Annapolis on the day that are part of the yearlong Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. Rifle (9 a.m.), Men’s Track & Field (11 a.m.), Women’s Track & Field (2:15 p.m.) join gymnastics on Saturday’s docket of action.
There will be shuttles available throughout the day on Saturday for transportation to and from the Wesley A. Brown Field House (adjacent to MacDonough Hall). Busses will run from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Valid ID is required.