March 28, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy gymnastics team will begin its championship stretch this weekend when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the USAG Collegiate Division Championships. The event will begin on Friday with the team and all-around competition and conclude with the individual finals on Saturday. Action will begin at 7 p.m. ET both days.
Navy at the USAG Collegiate Division Championships
Navy has won the USAG Collegiate Division Championship three times since it started competing in the event. The Midshipmen came away with the highest team score in 1998, 2000 and '08.
Last season, the Mids placed fifth in the team championship with a score of 332.6.
Nine Midshipmen have been crowned champions a total of 21 times at the annual event.
Andrew Faulk is a three-time USAG All-American in the all-around and his best finish at the event was third, with a score of 84.9, as a junior in 2011 ... Also last season, Faulk placed second in the high bar and the vault and third on the parallel bars and pommel horse.
Head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima has been named the USAG Collegiate Division Coach of the Year three times - 1998, 2000 and '05.
The Last Time Out
The Mids haven't competed since March 10th when they fell to Temple, 334.9-326.3, in their final home meet. Andrew Faulk won his fifth consecutive all-around title as he registered a score of 83.4 to lead all gymnasts. Navy had five freshmen compete in the meet, and as a team, it topped Temple in the parallel bars as it posted a season-high score of 55.2.
Navy Season Averages (Four-score averages)
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 - 55.2 (vs. Temple, March 10)
Horizontal Bar - 55.0 (vs. William & Mary, Feb. 25)
Faulk a Nissen-Emery Award Finalist
Andrew Faulk has been named one of six finalists for the 2012 Nissen-Emery Award, which is presented annually to the nation's outstanding senior collegiate gymnast. Faulk joins Paul Ruggeri of Illinois, D.J. Repp of Minnesota, Ty Echard of Ohio State, Miguel Pineda of Penn State and Glen Ishino of Cal as finalists for this year's award.
Faulk is the first Nissen-Emery Award finalist from the Naval Academy since Eric Swanson in 1973.
Faulk has been one of the best gymnasts in the conference this season as he has ranked in the top 10 in the nation in all-around average for the past eight weeks. The native of San Antonio, Texas, has won the all-around in five consecutive meets heading into competition this weekend.
The award will be presented at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, which will take place April 19-21 in Norman, Okla.
Navy next will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the ECAC Championships on April 6 and 7.