Feb. 6, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy gymnastics team will begin the head-to-head portion of its schedule on Saturday when it hosts No. 11 Army in the annual star meet. Beginning at 1 p.m. in Macdonough Hall, the No. 12 Mids will look to get back to their winning ways in star meets after a 2013 setback versus the Black Knights at West Point.
Prior to its 2013 loss, Navy had won four straight star meets against Army.
Last Time Out
The Mids continued their improved early season action with a 410.15-point showing at the All-Academy Championships in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 1. Competing in a three-team meet at Reliant Arena, Navy finished second behind Air Force (427.70) and ahead of Army (409.35).
Joshua Steves led the Mids in his homecoming with the first score in rings over 15.0 in program history since the new scoring system was instituted in 2008. The junior won the individual competition with a score of 15.2.
In all-around action, senior Chris Junghans finished runner-up with a 80.3 final score nudging out his teammate Jonny Tang who took third at 79.8.
Showcasing a strong team effort, the Mids had at least two athletes finish in the top six in five of the six disciplines at the meet.
Scouting the Black Knights
Both teams come into Saturday ranked tightly in the national rankings that were released on Monday. Based on a three-score average, the Black Knights stand in 11th place with a 410.90 average, while the Mids are right behind in 12th with a 406.35 average.
On the season, Army has participated in three events, the West Point Open, the All-Academy Championships and a head-to-head meet at Penn State.
Jesse Glenn and Connor Venrick lead the Black Knights as Glenn is ranked amongst the nation’s best in three events, the high bar (3rd
-14.867), the vault (12th
-14.733) and the all-around (4th
-83.267). Venrick stands just outside the top-20 in the pommel horse rankings in 21st
with a 14.417 average.
The overall team rankings paint a picture of how closely each of the squads compare to each other. Here is a breakdown of where each team stands in the individual event rankings …
Floor Exercise: Army (10th-70.817) – Navy (12th-68.883)
Pommel Horse: Navy (11th-66.983) – Army (12th-66.333)
Rings: Navy (11th-69.8) – Army (12th-68.15)
Vault: Army (9th-71.4) – Navy (12th-69.733)
Parallel Bars: Army (11th-67.033) – Navy (12th-66.633)
Horizontal Bars: Army (11th-67.167) – Navy (12th-64.317)
Individual National Rankings
Here is where Navy sits nationally in this week’s rankings
Individual (Top 25 Nationally)
Jonny Tang: 7th – All Around
Chris Junghans: 8th – All Around
Mitchell Larios: 20th – Vault
Joshua Steves: 21st - Rings