ECAC Meets at William & Mary and Springfield Ahead for Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team will ramp up its slate of late season action with a pair of road ECAC conference competitions this weekend. Beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. at William & Mary and wrapping at Springfield College on Sunday at 1 p.m., the Mids will have two opportunities to continue fine-tuning their five-up, five-count lineups. The Mids currently rank ninth in the nation with a scoring average of 401.467.
Friday’s competition between the Mids (4-2) and the Tribe (3-2) will be the second half of a home-and-home series as Navy took a 396.4-389.3 victory in Annapolis on Jan. 27.
On Sunday in Springfield, Navy will go head-to-head with host Pride (2-4) at Blake Arena. The two teams have yet to go one-on-one this season.
In open competitions over the first two weekends of the 2018 season, Navy faced off with Springfield at the West Point Open on Jan. 12 and against both Springfield and William & Mary on Jan. 20 at the Navy Open. For the first meet at West Point, Navy placed second with 395.05 points, while Springfield was fifth at 369.25. A week later in Annapolis, Navy held off Springfield and William & Mary in that order. The Mids won the overall meet with 398.20 points. The Pride were second at 384.25 and the Tribe were third at 383.50.
Last Time Out
Faced with the daunting task of walking into and competing in the gym of the three-time defending NCAA National Champions, the Oklahoma Sooners, the Navy gymnastics team was game to the challenge this past Saturday night and posted its second highest score of the 2018 season with 401.3 points. On the strength of the highest team score in the entire NCAA for 2018, the Sooners took the team victory in the meet at McCasland Field House with a 429.55-401.3 final.
Individually, the Mids were led by strong top five results from freshmen Ryan McVay (Roseville, Calif.) and Travis Keller (Centreville, Va.). McVay left his mark on Saturday’s meet with a fourth place score of 13.95 on the high bar and fifth place effort on the rings at 13.5. Keller broke into the top five on the vault with a 14.45-point score.
Navy was led by season-best performances by its pommel horse and high bar lineups. In the team’s first “five-up, five-count” meet of 2018, the Mids’ pommel horse squad posted a score of 67.8 that was 1.3 points better than its previous high. Likewise, Navy’s high bar corps completed their five routines with a total of 68.25. Before Saturday, a 67.35 was the best score for the Mids on the apparatus.
Event Comparisons (Season Averages)
Top Individuals to Watch (Season Averages)
|Navy||William & Mary
|A-A||R. McVay - 77.9||J. Hasenkopf - 74.57||S. Lewis - 79.35|
|FX||F. Bradley - 13.83||T. Palma - 14.05||S. Lewis - 13.75|
|PH||D. Toussaint - 13.72||G. Antle - 13.35||C. Graff - 13.45|
|R||T. West - 13.70||J. McReynolds - 13.67||S. Lewis - 13.60|
|V||F. Bradley - 14.33||J. Palma - 14.13||S. Lewis - 14.32|
|PB||T. West - 13.55||G. Antle - 13.47||J. Haas - 13.68|
|HB||N. Beeman - 13.70||D. Allen - 13.23||J. Haas - 13.15|