March 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy gymnastics team will complete its home-and-home series with William & Mary on Sunday when the Mids travel to Williamsburg, Va., for a 3 p.m. dual. Navy is 2-0 on the season after defeating the Tribe last weekend, 329.9-328.6, in Annapolis. William & Mary is 1-2 in duals this year.
Sunday's dual will mark the third meeting of the season between the teams. Last Sunday, Navy topped the Tribe in the floor exercise (55.4-54.3), pommel horse (53.3-53.1) and vault (57-56.6) in posting its highest team total (329.9) since the USAG Championships last season. Andrew Faulk registered his highest all-around total of the season with a score of 85.5 as he won the floor exercise (14.5), pommel horse (14), rings (14.30) and parallel bars (13.9).
Navy and William & Mary also met at the Navy Open in the first week of the season, where the Mids took second place and the Tribe took fifth. After Sunday's dual, Navy and William & Mary will meet again later in the season at both the USAG (Mar. 30-31) and ECAC Championships (April 6-7).
A Closer Look at the Two Teams
Below are the current average scores for Navy and William & Mary.
|William & Mary
Navy Season-High Scores
Team - 329.9 (vs. William & Mary, Feb. 25)
Floor Exercise - 55.4 (vs. William & Mary, Feb. 25)
Pommel Horse - 54.1, twice (last vs. Army, Feb. 11)
Rings - 55.2 (All-Academy Championships, Feb. 18)
Vault - 57.0, twice (last vs. William & Mary, Feb. 25)
Parallel Bars - 54.7 (vs. William & Mary, Feb. 25)
Horizontal Bar - 55.0 (vs. William & Mary, Feb. 25)
Faulk Remains One of the Nation's Best in the All-Around
After putting up his highest all-around score of the year last weekend with an 85.5, senior Andrew Faulk remains in the top-10 in the nation in all-around average as he is currently eighth with an 83.8. Faulk has led the conference in all-around average the last four weeks.
Faulk ranks in the top six in the conference in three-score average in five of six events, including floor exercise (sixth, 14.233), pommel horse (fifth, 14.167), vault (third, 14.633), parallel bars (fifth, 13.983) and horizontal bar (second, 14.150).
The San Antonio, Texas, native has been named USAG Collegiate Division National Gymnast of the Week four times this season and has twice been named ECAC Gymnast of the Week.
Other Top Performers
In addition to Faulk, several Midshipmen have three-score averages that currently rank in the top 10 in the conference in selected events. Chris Junghans (79.717) and Brandon Tinkham (78.8) have the fifth and seventh-highest averages in the all-around, respectively, while Austin Zalik is 10th in the rings (13.967), Nate Gessner is seventh in the vault (14.367) and Aaron Ingram is seventh in the horizontal bar (13.383).
Navy will host Temple on Saturday, Mar. 10 at Macdonough Hall at 2 p.m. in its final dual meet of the season.