Navy to Compete at NCAA Qualifying Meet as a Team on Thursday
April 15, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The 12th-ranked Navy gymnastics team (15-4) will compete as a team at the NCAA Qualifying Meet this Thursday at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota at 1 p.m. CT. The NCAA Championship team and all-around competition will follow on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT, capped off by the NCAA Championship individual event final on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT.
Navy at NCAA Qualifying Meet for First Time as a Team
For the first time in school history, the Navy gymnastics team is competing as a team at the NCAA Qualifying Meet, which was created around a decade ago. Prior to the NCAA Qualifying Meet, the NCAA used a regional system as its feeder source to the national championship meet.
The Midshipmen last competed as a team at the NCAA East Region Championship in 1990, where they placed sixth out of 10 teams.
Navy has not advanced to the NCAA Championship as a team since it went over to the current cumulative scoring system back in the late 1960s. Prior to that, team scoring was done with individuals claiming points assigned to each placing, much like current track & field team scoring.
Mids Place Second at the ECAC Championship
Navy's Dylan Parrott won the all-around competition to lead the Midshipmen to a second-place finish at the ECAC Championship at Army's Gross Sports Center. Illinois-Chicago won the team title and claimed the automatic berth to the NCAA Qualifying Meet with a score of 341.05 points, just ahead of Navy's season-high 340.2 points. However, the Midshipmen finished far enough ahead of William & Mary (338.45 points) and Temple (338.1 points) that they will jump ahead of both schools in the final national qualifying average ranking and earn the final at-large team spot in the NCAA Qualifying Meet.
The Midshipmen won more events, three, than any other school at the meet on Friday night. The Mids boasted the highest score on the pommel horse (season-high 55.55 points) and high bar (season-high 57.5 points), while tying Springfield for first-place honors on the floor exercise (56.45 points).
Navy's performance was thanks in large part to Parrott's all-around performance in which he topped the field with a six-discipline cumulative score of 85.25 points, a career high and 0.35-point better than Illinois-Chicago's second-place mark from Andrew Stover. Parrott, who came into the meet 17th-ranked all-around gymnast in the country, became the first Navy gymnast to win the all-around since Gerald Haran helped the Midshipmen win the team crown in 1988. Parrott topped all gymnasts on the high bar with an impressive 15.1-point routine, 0.15-point above his previous season high in winning the event at William & Mary with Penn State.
Two Navy Gymnasts Win Event Finals at ECAC Championship
Navy's Joseph Atzenbeck won the pommel horse and high bar event finals to cap off the team's performance at the ECAC Championship. Atzenbeck topped the field on the pommel horse with a score of 14.35 points, 0.35-point ahead of second-place gymnasts Andy Hunter from William & Mary and Adam Al-Rokh from Temple. Atzenbeck also recorded a 14.2-point routine to win the high bar, scoring 0.2-point higher than William & Mary's Sloan Crawford. Yesterday, the Navy senior earned a 14.65 and 14.6 from the judges in those respective events.
Dylan Parrott,who was crowned as the ECAC all-around champion the previous night, won the floor exercise finals with a 14.9-point performance. The effort tied his season high set against William & Mary and Springfield in Annapolis on Feb. 28. Parrott also smashed his season-best score on the parallel bars with a third-place mark of 14.2 points and earned 13.2 points on the high bar for seventh place.
Team captain Adam Stanton topped his season-high mark on the parallel bars with a score of 14.3 points to finish second, just 0.1-point behind Illinois-Chicago's Neal Thompson.
How They Advance to the NCAA Championship
The top-three teams and 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 to the NCAA Championship team and all-around session on Friday night.
The top-10 gymnasts on each event on Friday will have earned the right to compete in the NCAA Championship individual event finals on Saturday night.
Stacking Up Navy's Competition in Session 1
Navy will be taking to the gym against some stiff competition on Thursday afternoon, featured by the nation's top-ranked team Stanford, who finished second at last year's NCAA Championship.
Below are the average team scores and rankings of each team in Navy's qualifying session:
California Michigan Navy Nebraska Penn State Stanford Floor Exercise 59.580 (6th) 59.760 (4th) 56.320 (13th) 57.670 (10th) 59.680 (5th) 61.510 (1st) Pommel Horse 55.910 (6th) 58.450 (2nd) 55.050 (10th) 55.080 (9th) 53.790 (14th) 57.740 (3rd) Still Rings 59.420 (5th) 59.460 (4th) 55.580 (14th) 58.750 (7th) 57.860 (8th) 60.930 (1st) Vault 62.070 (6th) 61.390 (9th) 60.330 (15th) 61.340 (10th) 62.200 (5th) 63.440 (2nd) Parallel Bars 59.030 (1st) 57.330 (5th) 54.710 (14th) 55.520 (9th) 56.400 (8th) 58.680 (2nd) High Bar 57.940 (5th) 58.340 (2nd) 56.390 (8th) 55.520 (12th) 57.560 (6th) 59.090 (1st) Team Total 353.970 (5th) 354.130 (4th) 337.160 (12th) 341.930 (9th) 346.430 (8th) 359.920 (1st)
2009 Among Program's All-Time Winningest Seasons
Navy's 15 victories in 2009 ranks as the fifth-most by the Midshipmen in the program's 88-year history. Navy set a school-record with 20 victories in 1995 and '02, followed by 18 wins in 1998 and 17 triumphs in 2001.
Ten-Win Seasons Under Fukushima
With Navy's convincing Star Meet victory at Army on Feb. 7, head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima registered his 10th 10-win season in his 18-year career in Annapolis. Prior to Fukushima's arrival, the Midshipmen had boasted 10-win campaigns only in 1983 (11), 1987 (10) and 1988 (11).
Fukushima Named ECAC Coach of the Year
Following his team's second-place showing and three individual event titles at the ECAC Championship, Navy head coach Sho Fukushima was honored as the ECAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to this award, Fukushima has been named coach-of-the-year by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) in 1997-98, 1999-00, 2004-05 and 2007-08.
Honors Rolling in for Navy Gymnasts
The following is a list of honors bestowed upon Navy gymnasts for their athletic excellence this winter:
Joseph Atzenbeck - ECAC medalist (pommel horse-champion, high bar-champion); USAG Collegiate Division All-American (parallel bars, high bar)
Andrew Faulk - ECAC Rookie of the Year; ECAC medalist (all-around); USAG Collegiate Division All-American (all-around, floor exercise); USAG Collegiate Division National Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 28-March 1); ECAC Rookie of the Week (Feb. 7-8, Feb. 28-March 1)
James Godfrey - ECAC medalist (floor exercise)
Trey James - USAG Collegiate Division All-American (high bar)
Ken Lee - ECAC medalist (vault)
Dylan Parrott - ECAC medalist (all-around-champion, floor exercise-champion, parallel bars); USAG Collegiate Division All-American (all-around, floor exercise, vault); USAG Collegiate Division National Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 24-25, Feb. 14-15, April 3-4); ECAC Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 24-25)
Bobby Ryerson - ECAC Rookie of the Week (Feb. 14-15)
Adam Stanton - ECAC Senior Athlete of the Year; ECAC medalist (parallel bars, still rings); USAG Collegiate Division All-American (pommel horse, still rings)
Midshipmen in the National Rankings
Below is a list of Navy gymnasts ranked among the top-20 competitors in the country:
Joseph Atzenbeck - high bar (15th, 14.360)
Andrew Faulk - vault (20th, 15.570), all-around (12th, 82.690)
Dylan Parrott - high bar (6th, 14.840), all-around (10th, 83.310)
NCAA Scoring System
Last year, the NCAA adopted the international scoring system used during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The 10.0 is still there, but now that is in addition to the difficulty of the routine and the required elements that a gymnast must perform.
Theoretically, a gymnast could score up to 19.5 or so, if he did one of the most difficult skills perfectly, but realistically top world-class performers are starting from between 16 and 17. From there the penalties are taken for any mistakes that a gymnast may make. The following should help explain how routines will now be judged at NCAA men's competitions.
Lets start with the skills and their value; "A" = 0.1, "B" = 0.2, "C" = 0.3, "D" = 0.4, "E" = 0.5, "F" = 0.6 and "G" = 0.7. The difficulty of a routine is determined by adding the 9 best skills plus the dismount. So if a gymnast performs 2 A's (0.2), 3 B's (0.6), 3 C's (0.9) and 2 D's (0.8) his routine difficulty would add up to 2.5.
Next, the judge looks for the 5 event Element Groups / Worth 0.5 each = 2.5. These are required elements that must be performed in a routine. They include the following:
Floor Exercise (FX): 1) Non Acrobatic Elements 2) Acrobatic forward 3) Acrobatic backward 4) Sideward acrobatic elements 5) Dismount
Pommel Horse (PH): 1) Single leg work 2) Circles, spindles, handstands 3) Side & cross travels 4) Kehres & wendeswings 5) Dismount
Still Rings (SR): 1) Kip & swing elements 2) Swing to handstand 3) Swing to strength 4) Strength & Hold elements 5) Dismount
Parallel Bars (PB): 1) Support on rails 2) Upper arm on rails 3) Long hang swing 4) Swing through hang on both rails 5) Dismount
Horizontal Bar (HB): 1) Long hang swings 2) Flight elements 3) In bar elements 4) El-grip 5) Dismount
Therefore, 2.5 (added skills value) + 2.5 (5 element groups) + 10 = 15.00 (start value score)
From this start value score, deduct any technical errors, form breaks (small error 0.1, medium 0.3, large 0.5, fall 1.0) = Final score
Two different flashing systems must be used to flash both the Start Value and the routine's Final Score independently. The final Scores may be posted as 14.2, 15.5 or 16.1 and will be labeled Final Score on the score flasher. So be sure to catch the Start Value and you can compare performances from there.