Four Mids Selected to Compete in the NCAA Gymnastics Qualifier
April 10, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Navy gymnasts Andrew Faulk, Chris Junghans, Nate Gessner and Aaron Ingram have been selected to compete in the NCAA Qualifying Meet on April 19 in Norman, Okla., it was announced by the NCAA today. Both Faulk and Junghans will compete in the all-around, while Gessner will compete on the vault and Ingram on the horizontal bar.
The 2012 NCAA Men's Gymnastics National Qualifier will take place at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. 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. The NCAA finals will take place on April 20-21 at the Noble Center.
Faulk is making his fourth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Qualifying Meet. Last season, he advanced to the finals in the all-around where he placed 18th. Of the six individuals selected to compete in the National Qualifier, Faulk had the highest qualifying score at 84.9.
Faulk, a Nissen-Emery Award finalist, has ranked in the top 10 in the nation in all-around average all season. Last weekend, he claimed the ECAC all-around title and was named the conference's Gymnast of the Year.
Junghans took ninth in the all-around at the ECAC Championships last week. The sophomore was named the ECAC Gymnast of the Week after taking third in the all-around at the USAG Championships when compiled a career-best score of 82.0.
Gessner, also a sophomore, has been one of the Mids' top vaulters all season. He has five top-five finishes in the event and took 10th at the ECAC Championships.
Ingram is making his first appearance at the NCAA Qualifying Meet since his freshman season in 2009 when he competed on the floor and horizontal bar. His career-high score of 13.8 on the high bar came this season at the USAG Championships.