2018 All-Academy Gymnastics Championship Up Next for Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – One week after an emphatic Star Meet victory over Army at home, the No. 9 Navy gymnastics team (3-0) will test itself on the road at the 2018 All-Academy Championship on Saturday afternoon. Taking place as part of the San Antonio Gymnastics Invitational, the three-way meet between service academy rivals promises to be a tight competition as Air Force (2-1) comes into the meet ranked 11th, while Army (0-3) sits 14th. The action at the Mission Concepcion Sports Complex is slated to begin at 2 pm ET (1 pm-CT).
Last year, weather in the northeast forced Army out of the meet, so an amended two-team All-Academy Championship saw Air Force knock off Navy, 405.8-394.2 in San Antonio. As a team, Navy posted a 67.6 on the floor exercise, 61.65 on the pommel horse, 68.4 on the rings, 66.9 on the vault, 66.4 on the parallel bars and 63.25 on the high bar.
Noah Beeman led Navy’s closely grouped trio of all-arounders with a cumulative score of 79.0. Beeman counted amongst the Mids’ top-five scorers in five of the six events and was the top Navy performer on the vault (13.75) and high bar (13.6). He was backed up in the all-around by Tanner West, who finished with 78.75 points and then-senior Jonny Tang, who recorded 78.5 points.
Last Time Out
Navy had its finest showing for this 2018 season with the bright lights of the Star Meet shining down upon it on this past Saturday. Coming into the meet as the favorites on the basis of season average scoring, the Mids made sure there would be no deviation from that outcome or those numbers as the team posted an 11.2-point victory over Army, by a final score of 402.9-391.7. The Mids won five of the six events had individuals finish first on five different apparatuses.
In the true team fashion that has carried Navy throughout the first half of its season, five different Mids found themselves on the top of the event standings on Saturday. David Toussaint topped the pommel horse rankings, Ryan McVay on the rings, Frank Bradley on the vault, Tanner West on the parallel bars and team captain Noah Beeman on the high bar.
For their individual efforts, McVay was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week, while West was selected as the NAAA Athlete of the Week.
As a team, Navy posted a 68.1 on the floor exercise, a 65.35 on the pommel horse, a 68.2 on the rings, a 69.45 on the vault, a 64.45 on the parallel bars and a 67.35 on the high bar.
Event Comparisons (Season Averages)
Top Individuals to Watch (Season Averages)
|A-A||R. McVay - 78.05||N/A||D. Yamamura - 73.65|
|FX||L. Beltran - 13.75||J. Urlaub - 13.7||E. Herman - 13.612|
|PH||D. Toussaint - 13.43||F. Braunton - 13.362||N. Goff - 12.875|
|R||T. West - 13.36||F. Braunton - 13.975||E. Herman - 13.07|
|V||T. West - 14.07||C. Kalustian - 14.133||R. Wilson - 13.88|
|PB||T. West - 13.36||C. Branin - 13.35||N.McAfee - 13.34|
|HB||R. McVay - 13.44||L. Texeira - 13.837||N. Goff - 13.1|