ECAC Championships Await Gymnastics on Friday
April 4, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team will get the opportunity to extend its season this weekend when it competes in the ECAC Championships on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa. The winner of this weekend's ECAC Championship will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Qualifying Meet.
Friday's team and all-around championships will begin at 6 p.m., while Saturday's individual finals will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple's McGonigle Hall.
Live video and scoring will be available for the ECAC Championships through owlsports.com.
About the ECAC Championships
Navy will join UIC, William & Mary, Springfield, Army and host 10th-ranked Temple at this year's event ... The winner of the ECAC Championship will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Qualifying Meet on April 19 in Norman, Okla.
The top-six gymnasts in the all-around, and on each specific event, not associated with a qualifying team, will also advance to the NCAA Qualifying Meet.
The Last Time Out
Andrew Faulk won the all-around title at the USAG Championships with a score of 84.3. As a team, Navy placed third in the varsity division. Chris Junghans, who placed third in the all-around on day one, followed the next day by taking first place on the pommel horse. Nate Gessner tied his season high score of 14.3 on the vault to take fifth place, and Aaron Ingram placed fourth on the rings with a season-high 14.7.
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 - 56.6 (USAG Championships, Mar. 30)
Vault - 57.0, twice (last vs. William & Mary, Feb. 25)
Parallel Bars - 55.2 (vs. Temple, March 10)
Horizontal Bar - 55.05 (USAG Championships, Mar. 30)
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 nearly all season. The native of San Antonio, Texas, has won the all-around in six 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 at Last Year's ECAC Championships
Dylan Parrott won the floor exercise title for the third consecutive year and as a team, the Mids took fifth. Andrew Faulk placed fifth in the all-around competition.