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No. 14 Gymnastics Wraps Up Regular Season At No. 17 Springfield On Saturday

Sophomore Andrew Potts

March 14, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 14 Navy gymnastics team will complete its 2014 regular season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. meet at No. 17 Springfield College. The ECAC league members will be facing off in head-to-head competition for the first time this season after two previous meetings at the West Point and Navy Opens.

Last Time Out

The Navy gymnastics team got back to its winning ways last Saturday versus Temple, as the 14th-ranked Mids knocked off the 18th-ranked Owls by 11.0 points in their first victory over their ECAC rivals since 2008. After a pair of close and hard-fought setbacks to William & Mary, Navy came out and rode its senior captain Chris Junghans to a 411.4 to 400.4 win.

In his final regular season meet at Macdonough Hall, Junghans won the floor exercise, parallel bars and all-around events to lead the Mids. Behind his two event wins and a second place finish on the high bar, Junghans finished first in the all-around competition with a score of 83.2. He notched his grand total courtesy of a 14.3 in the floor exercise, 13.0 on the pommel horse, 14.15 on the rings, 13.25 on the vault, 14.5 on the parallel bars and a 14.0 on the high bar.

Eric Viscardi and Connor Westrick rounded out Navy’s event winners versus Temple as Viscardi finished first on vault with a 14.4 effort and tied Junghans in the floor exercise at 14.3. In pommel horse action, Westrick led a strong showing by the Mids as he earned a 14.65 score for his routine.

Scouting the Pride

Springfield has had an up-and-down regular season to this point as the Pride started slowly with consecutive results in the 390’s before hitting their stride in February with a win over Temple and a season-high 418.60-point showing versus Army at home. Most recently, they fell at Army, 419.5-400.3.



In the Monday’s national rankings, Springfield is 17th overall with a 402.3 scoring average.

The duo of Ryan Ponce and Jon Zirna lead the Pride in individual events. Ponce is the 14th-best performer in the nation on the rings with a 15.133 average, while Zirna is an all-around competitor, who stands 18th overall with his 80.3 average.

Event Comparisons

Here is a breakdown of where each team stands in the individual event rankings ...

Floor Exercise: Navy (15th-69.883) – Springfield (18th-67.433)

Pommel Horse: Navy (13th-67.717) – Springfield (14th-67.300)

Rings: Navy (13th-70.917) – Springfield (15th-69.417)

Vault: Navy (13th-70.867) – Springfield (18th-68.800)

Parallel Bars: Navy (14th-67.567) – Springfield (16th-66.950)

Horizontal Bars: Navy (14th-67.367) – Springfield (18th-65.017)

Individual National Rankings

Here is where Navy sits nationally in this week’s rankings

Individual (Top 25 Nationally)

Chris Junghans: 9th – All Around

Jonny Tang: 18th – All Around

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