#9 Navy Off to Challenge #1 Oklahoma in Norman
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy gymnastics team will test itself this Saturday night with a road matchup versus the top-ranked and three-time defending NCAA champion Oklahoma Sooners. The meet between the Mids (4-1) and the Sooners (4-0) at McCasland Field House is set to begin at 8 pm ET (7 pm-CT).
Saturday’s meet will be the first of the 2018 season to use the “five-up, five-count” format, in which all gymnasts’ scores will count. Prior to this weekend, teams were able to use the six-up, five-count format that helps harvest depth and allow for different lineups.
The two teams have competed alongside each other at the NCAA Championship Qualifying Meet in 2016 and 2017. At last year’s meet at West Point, Oklahoma scored 430.6 points in session two to rank first overall, while Navy ranked fifth of sixth teams with 400.65 points. The Sooners would later go on to advance into the national championship meet and win the program’s third straight NCAA title.
Last Time Out
One of the most competitive and closest All-Academy Championships in recent history was held on Saturday, Feb. 10 in San Antonio. The three-team showdown between the service academies was decided by a total of 4.3 points between the first place Air Force Falcons (403.85) and the third place Army Black Knights (399.55). Navy ended up in second place with a score of 400.2. The competition was part of the San Antonio Invitational and held at the Concepcion Sports Complex.
Five top-three individual results led the Mids. Frank Bradley’s vault performance highlighted Navy’s effort as he earned the event win with a score of 14.45. Ryan Orce and Christian Correale each placed second on their respective events of pommel horse and parallel bars. Noah Beeman notched a third place on the high bar, while Lucas Beltran matched with a third on the parallel bars.
Event Comparisons (Season Averages)
Top Individuals to Watch (Season Averages)
|A-A||R. McVay - 77.9||N/A|
|FX||F. Bradley - 13.77||Y. Moldauer - 14.53|
|PH||D. Toussaint - 13.55||Y. Moldauer - 14.23|
|R||T. West - 13.70||Y. Moldauer - 14.87|
|V||F. Bradley - 14.33||H. Justus - 14.63|
|PB||T. West - 13.55||G. Suzuki - 14.02|
|HB||N. Beeman - 13.58||G. Suzuki - 14.12|