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NCAA Championship Action Ahead for Navy Gymnastics Team this Weekend

April 20, 2017

When Fri. - Qualifying Meet - 7 p.m. | Sat. - Championship Finals - 6 p.m.
Location West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena | Directions
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Live Stats Qualifying Meet | Championship Finals
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NCAA Live Stream (Friday) | NCAA Live Stream (Saturday) 

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Navy gymnastics team will be competing at the premier national event on Friday afternoon at Christl Arena on the campus of the United States Military Academy as part of the 2017 NCAA Championships. This will mark the second straight season that Mids will be challenging for national glory as the team traveled to Ohio State University in 2016. All-time this is the third time that Navy has competed at the NCAA Championship as a qualified team. The action on Friday begins at 7 p.m. with a championship qualifying session before potentially the team and selected individuals will have the chance to compete in the championship finals on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Mids are one of six teams competing in session two at West Point. No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 12 Navy comprise the 7:00 p.m. group.

The rotational movement for Navy on Friday begins with the pommel horse and continues in the following order: rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar before concluding on the floor exercise.

The top three all-around competitors not on one of the top-three qualifying teams from the session, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from Friday's qualifying round to Saturday's finals.

Last Year at the NCAA Championships

Navy completed team action at the NCAA Championships with a 410.1-point result in the first team qualifying session. Led by three championship final qualifying performances, the Mids finished in sixth place in the session. 

In the final team standings, Oklahoma (441.2), Minnesota (426.4) and Penn State (423.95) advanced to the team finals, while Nebraska (423.55), California (421.35) and Navy (410.1) were left on the outside looking in.

As a team, the Mids recorded a score of 68.7 in the floor exercise, 67.85 on the pommel horse, 69.3 on the rings, 70.55 on the vault, 67.2 on the parallel bars and a 67.5 on the high bar.

In the championship finals, Jonny Tang, Eric Poletti and Connor Gonzales competed as individuals for Navy. As an all-arounder, Tang recorded a cumulative score of 82.95 to place 15th overall in the nation. Both Poletti and Gonzales tested their skills in the finals on the rings with Poletti posting a score of 14.3 and Gonzales, a respective 13.95.

Last Time Out: ECAC Championships

Navy last hit the gym floor two weeks ago as part of the ECAC Championships on April 8. In a hard-fought postseason championship event, the Navy went head-to-head with William & Mary over six rotations and led through four rotations before a late charge by the Tribe gave the team from Williamsburg a 404.7-402.55 victory at the UIC Pavilion. Army finished third with 392.45 points, while Springfield was fourth at 392.2 and UIC was fifth at 384.55.

With the ECAC Championships moving to a one-day format this year, individual titles and All-ECAC honors were also on the line. At the completion of the meet, Navy gymnasts had captured 11 All-ECAC accolades with Jonny Tang and Tanner West highlighting the Mids’ group individual performers. Tang finished atop the podium with victories for the all-around and floor exercise, while also placing third on the high bar and fourth on the parallel bars for four total all-league honors. West tallied two All-ECAC performances as the freshman won the parallel bar competition and finished runner-up on the rings.

As a team, Navy posted a 67.55 on the floor exercise, 65.4 on the pommel horse, 66.4 on the rings, 68.45 on the vault, 67.25 on the parallel bars and 67.5 on the high bar.

Who to Watch

A quintet of highly-ranked Navy gymnasts will look to lead the squad this weekend. Following action at the ECAC Championships, Jonny Tang ranks top-30 nationally in four events, while Tanner West breaks the top-30 twice. Noah Beeman (A-A), Wyatt LaPointe (R) and Lucas Beltran (V) also could factor as leading individual performers on Friday and Saturday.

Individual Rankings (with National Qualifying Average) ...

All-Around: Tang - 7th (81.775) // Beeman – 13th (79.413)
Floor Exercise: Tang – 22nd (14.163)
Rings: LaPointe – 21st (13.95) // West – 25th (13.925)
Vault: Beltran – 22nd (14.35)
Parallel Bars: Tang – 13th (14.2) // West – 27th (13.963)
High Bar: Tang – 27th (13.713)



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