Eight Gymnasts Selected to Compete in NCAA Qualifying Meet
April 1, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - A total of eight members of the Navy gymnastics team have been selected to compete in the NCAA Qualifying Meet that will take place on April 10 at the Crisler Center on the campus of the University of Michigan. Chris Junghans, Thomas Goodell, Eric Viscardi, Mitchell Larios, Eric Morrison, Andrew Potts, Joshua Steves and Jonny Tang have all been chosen to compete in this year's event, which will consist of two pre-qualifying sessions.
Junghans is making his third consecutive appearance at the National Qualifier, while it will be the second for Goodell, Viscardi, Steves and Potts. Larios, Morrison and Tang will be first time competitors. Of note, Larios was selected to compete in 2013, but unable to participate due to injury.
The top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from the qualifying round to the finals. Final competitions will take place April 11-12, also at Michigan.
For the third consecutive year, Junghans (Sr., Dunkirk, Md.) was selected to compete in the all-around. The senior's all-around qualifying average was 83.225, surpassing his 2013 mark of 81.637. Last season at the NCAA Qualifying Meet, Junghans earned a spot in the all-around finals with a score of 82.3. In the finals competition he finished 12th, just 0.4 points out of 10th with a 82.0-point result.
The junior class is represented by Goodell (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Viscardi (Marietta, Ga.), who will be in their second career qualifying meets. Goodell was selected to compete in the rings with a qualifying average of 14.625. Meanwhile, Viscardi earned his spot in the floor exercise with a 14.25 qualifying average.
Amongst its sophomores, Navy has a pair of two-event participants in Larios (Frisco, Texas) and Potts (Ellicott City, Md.). Larios is the top-ranked member of the individual qualifying pool on the parallel bars as the ECAC champion posted a 14.275 qualifying average. The second event that the sophomore will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships is on the vault. In 2014 action, Larios posted a 14.562 qualifying average. Potts matched Larios status as he earned qualifying bids on the both the high bar (14.063) and the pommel horse (14.075).
Morrison (Broomfield, Colo.) and Steves (Houston, Texas) round out the quartet of sophomore slated to see action at the University of Michigan in two weeks as Morrison will join Potts in the pommel horse competition courtesy of a 14.1 qualifying average and Steves will participate alongside Goodell on the rings as he posted a 14.581 qualifying average.
Tang (Malvern, Pa.) is the final Mid to earn a spot at the qualifying meet as his floor exercise average of 14.3 made him eligible.