March 9, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy gymnastics team will host Temple at 2 p.m. on Saturday in its final dual meet of the season. Navy is 2-1 in duals this season, while Temple is 4-0. Saturday's meet will be Navy's last tune-up prior to the USAG Collegiate Division Championships (Mar. 30-31) and ECAC Championships (April 6-7).
Navy and Temple
Saturday's dual will mark the first competition between the Midshipmen and the Owls since the Navy Open on Jan. 21. The Owls topped the five-team field with a total score of 330.8, while Navy placed second. Temple's Adam Al-Rokh took the all-around title as his score of 82.4 bested Andrew Faulk's 81.6. In the only dual between the teams last season, Navy posted a season-high score of 60.7 on the vault, but it wasn't enough as the then ninth-ranked Owls topped the Mids, 340.2-329.6, in Philadelphia.
A Closer Look at the Two Teams
Below are the current average scores for Navy and Temple.
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
Senior captain Andrew Faulk captured his fourth consecutive all-around title last weekend and currently ranks eighth nationally in all-around average with an 83.95. Faulk has led the conference in all-around average for the last five weeks.
For his efforts in winning the all-around as well as pommel horse (14.2), rings (14.3), vault (14.4), parallel bars (14.1) and high bar (13.7) last weekend, Faulk was named USAG Collegiate Division National Gymnast of the Week for the fifth time this season. He also earned ECAC Gymnast of the Week accolades for the third time in 2012.
The San Antonio, Texas, native ranks in the top five in the conference in three-score average in three of six events, including pommel horse (fifth, 14.233), vault (fourth, 14.633) and horizontal bar (second, 14.150).
Thank You Seniors
Saturday's dual will mark the final home appearances for Andrew Faulk, Aaron Ingram and Brandon Tinkham. Ingram, a systems engineering major, has competed in every meet this season and posted a career-high score of 13.7 on the parallel bars at the West Point Open. Tinkham, a computer engineering major, has competed in the all-around the past two seasons. His career-high score of 80.45 came last season at the All-Academy Championships.
Faulk is a quantitative economics major and is looking to return to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season.
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 seventh and ninth-highest averages, in the all-around, respectively, while Nate Gessner is ninth in the vault (14.367).
Navy will take the next two weekends off before returning to action at the USAG Collegiate Division Championships on April 30-31 in Colorado Springs, Colo.