Mids Ready For NCAA Gymnastics Qualifier on Thursday
April 17, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy gymnasts Andrew Faulk, Chris Junghans, Nate Gessner and Aaron Ingram will compete in the NCAA Qualifying Meet on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET at Oklahoma's Lloyd Noble Center. Both Faulk and Junghans will compete in the all-around, while Gessner will compete on the vault and Ingram on the horizontal bar.
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. Team and all-around final competitions will take place on Friday at 8 p.m. ET, while the individual finals will occur on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Faulk will be appearing at the NCAA Qualifying Meet for the fourth time in his career. His best showing came last season when he advanced to the all-around finals and placed 18th.
This season, Faulk enters as one of the top all-around gymnasts in the nation as he has ranked in the top 10 in the country in all-around average all season. The ECAC Gymnast of the Year won conference championships in the all-around, pommel horse, parallel bars and horizontal bar in his last outing.
The San Antonio, Texas, native posted season-high scores at the ECAC Championships in the vault (14.8), parallel bars (14.7) and horizontal bar (14.8). His all-around score of 86.0 was a career best. His season-high rings score (15.0) came at the USAG Championships, his pommel horse season-high mark came at the West Point Open (14.5) and his floor exercise season-high total came against William & Mary (14.5).
Faulk is also one of six finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award. Given to the nation's top senior gymnast, the Nissen-Emery Award will be presented this week as part of the festivities of the NCAA Championships in Norman, Okla.
Ingram, a senior, is making his second-career appearance at the NCAA Qualifying Meet. He last competed on the floor and horizontal bar at the event as a freshman in 2009. Ingram's season-high score of 13.8 on the horizontal bar came at the USAG Championships.
Junghans will be competing in his first NCAA Qualifying Meet. The sophomore enters the meet after taking third in the all-around in his last outing - the ECAC Championships - with a career-high 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 with a season-high 14.4.