ECAC Championship Competition Up Next for Navy Gymnastics on Saturday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – After a week off from competition, the Navy gymnastics team will continue is run of postseason action this Saturday afternoon with the 2017 ECAC Championship. Beginning at 3 p.m. ET, the single-day event hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago will crown the top team as well as top individual performers amongst the field of No. 12 Navy, No. 13 William & Mary, No. 14 Army, No. 16 Springfield and No. 17 UIC.
The top six scorers in the all-around competition and on each individual apparatus will earn All-ECAC honors.
Due to the ECAC membership number falling to five, the team title will not guarantee an automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Championships. The national championship field will instead be made up of the top 12 qualifying averages. Navy currently sits 12th, 5.15 points ahead of 13th-ranked William & Mary.
The UIC gymnastics program will play host to this Saturday’s meet at the UIC Pavilion. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $10. UIC will also be providing live stats via StatBroadcast, click here for LIVE RESULTS
Last Year at the ECAC Championships
With the pressure of an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships hanging in the balance Navy turned in one of its best performances of the 2016 season and earned a first-place result at the ECAC Championships. Taking on a six-team field of regional opposition at William & Mary, the Mids totaled 423.4 points to tie for first place with Army. The shared ECAC title was the first for Navy since 1989.
On the basis of a tie-breaker, the Mids won the outright bid over the Black Knights to secure the automatic bid to the national championship in Columbus, Ohio later this April.
Navy and Army tied for the ECAC team title with identical scores of 423.4. William & Mary, the host school finished third at 416.85, while Springfield was fourth with 406.3 points. Temple and Illinois-Chicago rounded out the field with scores of 403.45 and 387.8, respectively.
As a team, the Mids recorded a score of 71.6 in the floor exercise, 69.65 on the pommel horse, 71.7 on the rings, 71.8 on the vault, 68.2 on the parallel bars and a 70.45 on the high bar.
In the event finals, Navy collected four ECAC titles as then-senior Mitchell Larios finished first on the vault and parallel bars, while classmates Eric Morrison and Connor Gonzales won the pommel horse and rings events, respectively. Including Jonny Tang’s second-place finish in the all-around, Navy recorded 15 All-ECAC results.
Last Time Out
Navy competed at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships over the weekend of March 24-25 at the University of Washington. The Mids tested themselves in the team championship action on Friday night before six individuals got the chance to garner USAG All-American accolades in the event finals on Saturday night.
On Friday, Navy finished action at the team portion of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championship in third place in the varsity division with 379.7 points. Air Force won the title for the division with a 396.95 score. William & Mary placed second with a 388.4. Springfield rounded out the group of four varsity teams at the event with a respective score of 373.85.
In the all-around competition, Noah Beeman earned USAG All-American honors with a second-place result courtesy of 77.7 points. Air Force’s Tim Wang finished first with 82.9 points.
On Saturday night, the six-man lineup of Lucas Beltran, Frank Bradley, Vadim Ivanov, Trevor North, Ryan Orce and Ben Provost contested the event finals. To earn USAG Collegiate All-American honors, a gymnast needed to finish amongst the top-six in their respective event. When the night of competition was over, the Navy gymnastics program walked out with four such honors, including two outright event wins by Beltran and Provost.
Beltran was the first winner as the freshman bettered his 14.65 score from Friday to a 14.75. His vault dominated the field on Saturday night as he finished 0.3 points ahead of his nearest competitor, Tim Wang from Air Force.
Provost followed up his teammate with a career-high 13.35 score on the high bar to hold off William & Mary’s Aria Sabbagh by 0.15 points.
Ivanov captured his first career USAG All-American honor on the parallel bars as he placed fifth at 12.95, while North made his way onto the podium for the pommel horse with a 12.75 score to rank sixth overall.
Here is a breakdown of where the field ranks in the individual events …
|A-A||Navy - 402.9||W&M - 397.8||Army - 395.0||Springfield - 389.0||UIC - 377.6|
|FX||Navy - 67.4||W&M - 67.1||Springfield - 66.2||Army - 66.0||UIC - 64.2|
|PH||Army - 65.5||Navy - 65.2||W&M - 65.1||Springfield - 64.3||UIC - 60.8|
|R||Navy - 68.0||W&M - 66.9||Army - 66.1||Springfield - 64.2||UIC - 63.2|
|V||W&M - 70.2||Army - 69.8||Navy - 69.8||Springfield - 67.6||UIC - 66.6|
|PB||Navy - 68.0
||W&M - 66.6||Army - 64.9||Springfield - 64.6||UIC - 63.1|
|HB||Navy - 67.2
||Army - 66.5||W&M - 64.4||Springfield - 62.4||UIC - 61.8|