March 26, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 14 Navy gymnastics team will conclude its slate of 2014 home meets this weekend when it hosts the ECAC Championships at Macdonough Hall. The two-day event begins on Friday at 4 p.m. with the team and all-around competitions before closing on Saturday with the individual event finals beginning at 2 p.m.
Navy is joined in the field by No. 12 William & Mary, No. 13 Army, No. 16 Illinois-Chicago, No. 17 Springfield and No. 18 Temple.
The event serves as an NCAA qualifying meet as the victorious team automatically earns entry into the NCAA Championships in two weeks.
Scouting the Field
Navy has competed versus William & Mary, Army, Springfield and Temple on multiple occasions throughout the regular season. The Mids have posted a 2-3 record in head-to-head competitions with wins over Army (422.3 - 420.1) and Temple (411.4 - 400.4) and setbacks to William & Mary twice (422.2 – 420.1 & 425.4 – 413.65) and Springfield once (411.35 - 406.15).
Here’s a look at the current four-score averages for the six teams competing in this weekend’s competition.
William & Mary – 423.45
Army – 421.117
Navy – 414.633
UIC – 404.033
Springfield – 403.717
Temple – 402.317
Here is a breakdown of where the field ranks in the individual events (top-3 teams) ...
Floor Exercise: Army (11th-72.05), W&M (13th-71.0) and Navy (15th-69.833)
Pommel Horse: W&M (7th-70.533), Navy (13th-67.717) and Springfield (14th-67.367)
Rings: W&M (12th-71.583), Navy (13th-70.983) and Army (14th-70.4)
-72.917), Navy (13th
-71.183) and UIC (14th
Parallel Bars: W&M (12th-70.05), Army (13th-68.883) and Navy (14th-68.067)
Horizontal Bars: Army (10th-71.233), W&M (12th-70.7) and Navy (14th-68.233)
Last Time Out For The Mids: USAG Collegiate Championships
The Navy gymnastics team took fourth place in the varsity division at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships last Friday at Macdonough Hall. Posting their third-highest score of the season at 413.65, the Midshipmen finished fourth behind a strong field that included the five-time defending champions, Air Force.
Air Force took the team crown once again as it posted a score of 426.70 to hold off William & Mary (422.75) and Army (414.60). Navy's 413.65 barely missed finishing amongst the top-three as it came in 0.95 points shy of Army. Springfield rounded out the varsity division competitors with a 403.10 score.
Navy had six gymnasts earn top six finishes to aid the team's overall effort on Friday. Joshua Steves led the way for the Midshipmen as he placed highly in both the vault and the rings. In the vault, he netted a career-high score of 14.85 to edge out his teammate Mitchell Larios, who finished fourth with a score of 14.6. Steves was part of another back-to-back finish on the rings as he earned a sixth-place finish of 14.5 to finish just 0.1 points behind Chris Junghans, who scored a career-best, 14.6.
In Saturday’s event finals, four of Navy’s six finalists earned USAG All-America honors in recognition of top-six finishes. Similar to the team competition, Steves was the headlining Midshipman as he placed fourth on the rings with a score of 14.875 and fifth on the vault at 14.25.
Navy’s three other All-Americans included Andrew Potts (4th-pommel horse), Junghans (5th-rings) and Thomas Goodell (6th-high bar).
Navy’s Season-High Scores
Team – 422.30 vs. Army
Floor Exercise – 70.40 vs. Temple
Pommel Horse – 71.75 vs. Army
Rings – 72.00 at All-Academy Championship
Vault – 71.55 at All-Academy Championship
Parallel Bars – 70.75 vs. Army
High Bar – 70.25 at William & Mary
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
Joshua Steves: 23rd - Rings
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.
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.