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Navy Gymnastics To Host USAG Collegiate Championships

Sophomore Connor Westrick

March 19, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 14 Navy gymnastics team will begin postseason action when it hosts the 2014 USAG Collegiate Championships at Macdonough Hall. Beginning on Friday at 4 p.m., the Mids will welcome an eight-team field for competition in a two-day event. The team and all-around champions will be crowned on Friday, while the individual event finals will go off on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

The field in the 2014 USAG Collegiate Championships is as follows: No. 10 Air Force, No. 12 William & Mary, No. 13 Army, No. 14 Navy, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 17 Springfield College, No. 19 Washington and No. 20 Brockport.

The top six scorers in all-around and each event final will earn All-America honors.

Scouting the Field

Navy has competed versus the four varsity teams multiple times throughout the season at the West Point and Navy Opens, the All-Academy Championships and in ECAC head-to-head meets ...

Jan. 17 -West Point Open - the Mids finished fourth with 400.8 points ... William & Mary (2nd-416.7), Army (3rd-413.05), Springfield (6th-388.95)

Jan. 25 - Navy Open - the Mids earned a third place finish with 408.1 points ... William & Mary (2nd-414.25), Springfield (5th-391.80)

Feb. 1 - All-Academy Championships - Navy took second with a 410.15 result ... Air Force (1st-427.70), Army (3rd-409.35)

Feb. 8 - vs. Army (Annapolis) - Navy was victorious 422.3 - 420.1

Feb. 16 - vs. William & Mary (Annapolis) - The Tribe won 422.2 - 420.1

March 2 - at William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.) - The Tribe sweeps home-and-home series with 425.4 - 413.65 victory



March 15 - at Springfield College (Springfield, Mass.) - The Pride defeats Navy, 411.35-406.15

Event Comparisons

Here is a breakdown of where the field ranks in the individual events (top-5 teams) ...

Floor Exercise: Air Force (9th-72.750), #11 Army, #13 W&M, #14 ASU, #15 Navy

Pommel Horse: Air Force (6th-71.017), #7 W&M, #13 Navy, #14 Springfield, #15 Army

Rings: Air Force (9th-72.633), #12 W&M, #13 Navy, #14 Army, #15 Springfield

Vault: Army (10th-72.917), #11 Air Force, #13 Navy, #15 W&M, #17 ASU

Parallel Bars: Air Force (11th-70.133), #12 W&M, #13 Army, #14 Navy, #16 Springfield

Horizontal Bars: Air Force (9th-71.367), #10 Army, #13 W&M, #14 Navy, #17 ASU

Last Time Out For The Mids

Navy was defeated in its final regular season head-to-head meet at Springfield College last Saturday, March 15, 411.35-406.15. The Mids ran into a Pride team that posted its second-highest team score, one that was 9.05 over its regular average of 402.3.

Navy was led by the trio of Chris Junghans, Mitchell Larios and Jonny Tang, who all earned individual event wins at the meet.

Junghans won the all-around competition as he went toe-to-toe with Springfield's Jon Zirna throughout the afternoon. In the final event, the high bar, Junghans out-scored Zirna 12.95 - 12.70 to earn the all-around title by an 81.25 to 81.05 final score.

Tang won the day's first event, the floor exercise, with a 14.4 score to hold off a pair of his Navy teammates. Eric Viscardi finished runner-up in the event with a 14.2 score, 0.15 points ahead of the third-place finishing Larios.

In the vault, Tang and Larios battled again with the sophomore Larios coming out on top 14.9 to 14.45. Junghans gave Navy three vaulters in the top four with a 14.2 result.

Individual National Rankings

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

Individual (Top 25 Nationally)

Chris Junghans: 13th - All Around

Jonny Tang: 17th - All Around

Ticket Information

Tickets to the events will be available for purchase daily at the entrance to the gymnasium at Macdonough Hall. Admission is $10 per person per day.

Parking/Shuttle Information
Fans are reminded that the general public does not have access to drive their vehicles on to the U.S. Naval Academy. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5 and take a shuttle that will run every 10 minutes starting at 3 PM on Friday and running until one hour after the event is complete. Saturday's shuttle runs will begin at 1 PM.

Spectators who wish to park in downtown Annapolis will need to enter the Academy through the visitors entrance located at Gate One on King George Street.

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