Navy Looks for Repeat Performance at Air Force on Friday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – One week after notching a 404.1-396.3 upset over No. 9 Air Force at home, the No. 11 Navy gymnastics team (10-8) heads to Colorado Springs to face off with the same Falcons (9-5) club on Friday night in the back end of a home-and-home series. The two service academy rivals will face off at the Cadet West Gym beginning at 6:00 p.m. MT (8:00 p.m. ET).
Friday’s competition will be the third head-to-head dual between the teams in 2017 as Air Force won the first bout at the All-Academy Championship on neutral grounds in San Antonio on Feb. 11 by a score of 405.8-394.2. After last Friday night’s victory, the yearly series tied at 1-1.
Air Force will be airing a live video broadcast of Friday night’s meet as part of the Campus Insiders channel. Click here to WATCH
Last Time Out
No. 12 Navy closed out the home portion of its 2017 schedule with a passionate and precise effort last Friday night in a three-team meet versus No. 9 Air Force and No. 14 William & Mary. After celebrating the careers of seniors Jonny Tang and team captain Wyatt LaPointe in a pre-meet ceremony, the Mids came out before a loud home crowd at Macdonough Hall and defeated the Falcons and Tribe with a final score of 404.1.
Air Force finished second with 396.3 points, while William & Mary was just 0.05 points behind the Falcons with 396.25 points. The win was the first for Navy over Air Force in a regular season meet since the 2009 All-Academy Championships.
Navy received outstanding performances from throughout its five-up, five-count lineup though Tang was the only Midshipmen to net an individual event victory as he finished first in the floor exercise with 14.4 points. One of three all-around competitors, Tang was the top performer with 82.0 combined points. Noah Beeman completed his all-around effort with 80.25 points to rank second.
In total, Midshipmen gymnasts combined to post 13 top-five scores. Outside of Tang’s top-five results on the floor exercise, pommel horse, rings and parallel bars, Tanner West posted two top-two scores as he finished runner-up on the rings and parallel bars. Fellow freshman Ryan Orce ranked second on the pommel horse and fifth on the parallel bars.
In Navy’s best five-up score of the season, the team posted a 68.1 on the floor exercise, 64.4 on the pommel horse, 67.45 on the rings, 68.0 on the vault, 69.4 on the parallel bars and 66.75 on the high bar.
For their individual efforts, Tang and West were recognized by the ECAC as the conference’s gymnast and specialist of the week, respectively. Tang also earned national accolades as the senior was selected as the CGA National Men’s Gymnast of the Week as he edged Oklahoma’s Colin Van Wicklen and Ohio State’s Alec Yoder.
Top Individuals to Watch
|A-A||J. Tang - 82.07||T. Wang - 83.6|
|FX||J. Tang - 14.18||C. Branin - 13.97|
|PH||R. Orce - 13.43||T. Wang - 14.72|
|R||W. LaPointe - 14.03||T. Wang - 14.5|
|V||L. Beltran - 14.15||T. Wang - 14.82|
|PB||J. Tang - 14.23||J. Fornoff - 14.27|
|HB||J. Tang - 13.73||C. Cannon - 14.2|