Eight Midshipmen Set to Compete in NCAA Gymnastics Qualifying Meet
Mitchell Larios will compete in three individual events on Thursday
April 9, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Chris Junghans, Thomas Goodell, Eric Viscardi, Mitchell Larios, Eric Morrison, Andrew Potts, Joshua Steves and Jonny Tang will all be representing Navy at the 2014 NCAA Qualifying Meet on Thursday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich. Competition will take place at the University of Michigan’s Crisler Center and begin at 1 p.m.
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 Thursday's qualifying round to the finals. The team and all-around finals will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, while the individual finals will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Junghans (Sr., Dunkirk, Md.) is competing in the all-around for the third consecutive year. The senior's all-around qualifying average is 83.225, which is over 1.5 points better than his 2013 mark. Junghans’ top mark this season was an 84.95 versus William & Mary. 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 with a 82.0-point result.
Juniors Goodell (Hopkinton, Mass.), Viscardi (Marietta, Ga.) and Steves (Houston, Texas) will all be participating in their second qualifying meets; Goodell and Steves on the rings and Viscardi in the floor exercise. Goodell posted a 14.625 qualifying average with a high score of 14.9 at William & Mary. In his most recent meet, the ECAC Individual Finals, he finished with a score of 14.75. Steves registered Navy’s all-time high score on the rings with a 15.2 at the All-Academy. On the season, he recorded a 14.581 qualifying average. A versatile three-event athlete, Viscardi earned his spot in Thursday’s meet with a 14.25 qualifying score. Twice in regular season floor exercise action, he posted career-high marks of 14.7, including three weeks ago at the USAG Team Championships.
Viscardi will be joined in the floor exercise qualifier by two more of his Navy teammates Jonny Tang (Fr., Malvern, Pa.) and Mitchell Larios (So., Frisco, Texas). Tang qualified with a 14.3 average, while Larios finished his regular season with a 14.112 qualifying average. Navy’s highest scorer in the floor exercise, Tang, scored 14.0 or better in seven of his 10 meets, including a 14.5 showing versus William & Mary. Larios’ season-best performance was a 14.25 at the USAG Team Championships, recently.
Both underclassmen will compete in other events as Tang will be a participant on the high bar, while Larios with see triple duty with spots in the vault and parallel bar qualifiers. Tang posted a 13.85 qualifying score during the season on the high bar. After registering a 14.275 qualifying average on the parallel bars and a 14.562 on the vault, Larios is Navy’s only individual performer that will compete in three disciplines on Thursday. The ECAC individual champion on the parallel bars, Larios recorded season-highs of 14.5 on the p-bars and a 15.15 on the vault, respectively.
The final Midshipmen who will see multi-event duty is Andrew Potts (So., Ellicott City, Md.), who qualified on the high bar and pommel horse. During the season, he registered a 14.063 qualifying average on the high bar and a 14.075 on the pommel horse. His high scores from the season include a 14.35 on the high bar at the ECAC Team Championships and a 14.3 on the pommel horse from the Star Meet versus Army. This will be Potts’ second NCAA Qualifying Meet.
Sophomore Eric Morrison (Broomfield, Colo.) rounds out the list of Navy gymnasts, who are scheduled to be in action on Thursday as he will compete against Potts on the pommel horse. He earned his position with a 14.1 qualifying average. A clutch performer, Morrison netted four consecutive top three finishes in ECAC regular season action, including a season-high 14.5 score versus Army.