Feb. 15, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team will look to continue making strides with its first of two head-to-head meets versus William & Mary in 2014. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Macdonough Hall, the No. 14 Mids will host the No. 12 Tribe in a matchup of ECAC foes.
William & Mary got the better of Navy in all three of the teams' 2013 matchups.
Last Time Out
Navy put together its best performance of the young season on Saturday, Feb. 8 versus Army. With the annual star on the line, the Mids avenged their 2013 defeat with an impressive 422.3 - 420.1 victory over the Black Knights.
The Mids' pommel horse team highlighted their Star Meet with a 5.45-point advantage in the event over Army, 71.75 to 66.30. Connor Westrick led the way with a 15.0 score and the overall event win, though he was closely followed by a trio of teammates to give Navy a sweep of the top four positions. Eric Morrison, Andrew Potts and Chris Junghans finished with scores of 14.5, 14.3 and 14.3, respectively.
In the all-around, Junghans finished second with 84.3 points courtesy of a 13.70 score in the floor exercise, a 14.30 on the pommel horse, a 13.85 on the rings, a 14.0 on the vault, a 14.5 on the parallel bars and a 13.95 on the high bar. Jonny Tang finished third with 83.6 combined points.
Scouting the Tribe
Both teams come into Sunday ranked tightly in the national rankings that were released on Monday. Based on a three-score average, the Tribe stand in 12th place with a 417.133 average, while the Mids are in 14th with a 413.517 average.
On the season, William & Mary has participated in four events, the West Point Open, the Navy Open and a head-to-head meets at SUNY Brockport and Springfield. Most recently, the Tribe scored a season-high 420.45 points in their win at Springfield.
Landon Funiciello, Jason Wang and J.J. Jindra lead William & Mary as Funicello is ranked amongst the nation's best in the rings (3rd-15.883) and parallel bars (5th-15.017), while Wang is ranked seventh in the pommel horse at 14.95. In the all-around, Jindra is ninth-best with an 81.367 average. Neal Courter rounds out W&M's top performers as he is 10th in the vault (14.967) and 15th in the floor exercise with a 14.95 average.
Here is a breakdown of where each team stands in the individual event rankings ...
Floor Exercise: William & Mary (12th-70.867) - Navy (14th-69.533)
Pommel Horse: William & Mary (11th-69.633) - Navy (12th-68.783)
Rings: Navy (12th-70.550) - William & Mary (13th-69.067)
Vault: Navy (13th-70.667) - William & Mary (14th-70.233)
Parallel Bars: William & Mary (10th-70.500) - Navy (14th-68.500)
Horizontal Bars: William & Mary (13th-68.083) - Navy (14th-66.317)
Individual National Rankings
Here is where Navy sits nationally in this week's rankings
Individual (Top 25 Nationally)
Chris Junghans: 10th - All Around
Jonny Tang: 11th - All Around
Joshua Steves: 22nd - Rings
Mitchell Larios: 23rd - Vault
Connor Westrick: 25th - Pommel Horse