April 10, 2013
A total of five members of the Navy gymnastics team have been selected to compete in the NCAA Qualifying Meet that will take place on April 19 at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. Chris Junghans, Thomas Goodell, Mitchell Larios, Joshua Steves and Andrew Potts have all been chosen to compete in this year's event, which will consist of two pre-qualifying sessions. Junghans is making his second consecutive appearance at the National Qualifier, while it will be the first for Goodell, Larios, Steves and Potts.
NCAA.com Release & List of Qualifiers
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 20-21, also at Penn State.
For the second consecutive year, Junghans was selected to compete in the all-around. The junior's all-around qualifying average was 81.637 and his season-high score of 82.55 came against Army in the Star Meet. Last season at the NCAA Qualifying Meet, Junghans placed sixth with a 78.3.
Goodell, a sophomore, was selected to compete on both the rings and horizontal bar. His qualifying average on the rings was a 14.387 and a 13.375 on the horizontal bar. Goodell's season-high score on the rings was a 14.45 and his best on the rings was a 13.9. Potts will join Goodell in the horizontal bar competition. The freshman had a qualifying average of 13.662 and a season-high score of 14.05 at the USAG Championships.
Larios and Steves were both selected to compete on the vault. Larios posted a qualifying average of 14.662, while Steves a 14.462. Larios, a freshman, only started competing on the vault in mid-February at the All-Academy Championships. He has since become one of the Mids' best in the event and posted a team-season high of 15.2 last weekend at the ECAC Championships. The sophomore Steves placed second in last weekend's ECAC individual finals with a 14.7.