Feb. 28, 2014
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The No. 14 Navy gymnastics team will look to avenge its slim 2.1-point loss two weeks ago to No. 13 William & Mary with the back end of a home-and-home series on Sunday. Beginning at 3 p.m. at Kaplan Arena, the Midshipmen will take on the Tribe in the hopes of securing a head-to-head victory and improving their NCAA Championship resume.
Last Time Out
The Navy gymnastics team notched its second score over 420.0 in 2014 with a 420.1 point showing on Feb. 16 in a home meet versus William & Mary. The Mids were undone by a Tribe squad that registered a school-record for team points at 422.2.
Senior Chris Junghans won the all-around competition with a career-best 84.95 score. His individual win was backed up by a deep team effort, in which Navy had second place finishers in five of the six disciplines.
As a team, the Midshipmen registered a 68.80 in the floor exercise, 69.45 on the pommel horse, 70.80 on the rings, 71.35 on the vault, 68.60 on the parallel bars and 70.10 on the high bar.
During the week following the competition, Junghans earned awards from both the ECAC and USAG as their Gymnast of the Week in recognition of his event win and personal-high score.
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 are in 13th place with a 419.783 average, while the Mids are in 14th with a 417.517 average.
William & Mary is on a three-match winning streak with a tri-meet win over UIC and Brockport, a dual win at Springfield and its most recent win at Navy. After scoring a 412.45 at the tri-team meet, the Tribe has increased its team score each week. They scored 420.45 at Springfield and 422.2 at Navy.
The trio of Landon Funicello, Neal Courter and Jason Wang leads William & Mary. Funicello sits amongst the nation's best in the rings with a 15.833 average, good for third overall. He augments his strong ring scoring average with the 11th-best average in parallel bars (15.017). Similar to Funicello, Courter ranks in the top-13 nationally in two events, the vault (12th-14.983) and floor exercise (13th-15.133). Wang rounds out the trio as the Tribe's leading athlete on the pommel horse (9th-14.950).
Here is a breakdown of where each team stands in the individual event rankings ...
Floor Exercise: William & Mary (13th-71.000) - Navy (14th-69.817)
Pommel Horse: William & Mary (11th-70.283) - Navy (14th-69.517)
Rings: Navy (12th-71.233) - William & Mary (14th-70.083)
Vault: Navy (12th-71.383) - William & Mary (14th-70.433)
Parallel Bars: William & Mary (11th-70.500) - Navy (14th-69.283)
Horizontal Bars: William & Mary (13th-68.850) - Navy (14th-68.433)
Individual National Rankings
Here is where Navy sits nationally in this week's rankings ...
Individual (Top 25 Nationally)
Chris Junghans: 13th - All Around
Jonny Tang: 17th - All Around
Joshua Steves: 17th - Rings
Connor Westrick: 23rd - Pommel Horse