Feb. 24, 2012
Watch Meet Recap
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The No. 15th-ranked Army gymnastics team posted season-highs in three of the six team events along with the aggregate scoring, but it wasn't enough against No. 11 Air Force. The Falcons captured five of the six team events, along with crowning four individual champions, to defeat the host Black Knights, 334.0-326.5, Friday evening at Gross Sports Center.
Juniors Garrek Hojan-Clark and Jared Breeden earned medalist honors for the Black Knights (0-3) on pommel horse and still rings, respectively, with Chase Brown (high bar) and Nicholas Fettinger (parallel bars) taking runner-up honors in their signature events.
"Going into the meet we knew it was going to be a very tough competition," stated Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "Air Force is almost 12 points better than us average-wise, so my goal and the team's goal was that there was no way we would going to get blown out of the gym. We wanted it be very close and give them a scare along the way, which we did."
Hojan-Clark, ranked sixth nationally on pommel horse, recorded a 14.7 in winning his signature event for the second time this season against a service academy school. Two weeks ago the native of Brookfield, Wis., broke his own school record with a 15.2 earning medalist honors in the meet with Navy.
Breeden set a season high 14.4 with his winning effort on still rings, which is just 4/10s off his career mark. It is the second time Breeden won that event this year, having tied for first-place honors against Navy.
Brown equaled his career mark on high bar with a 13.7 that was the second highest mark in that event, trailing Air Force's James Okamoto's 14.0. The Army senior also recorded a season-high 14.3 in finishing third on floor exercise.
Fettinger recorded his second straight runner-up finish on parallel bars recording a 14.3, which is just 2/10s off his career high. Hoey posted a 13.9 in a third-place finish on pommel horse as the Black Knights claimed two of the top three places in that event en route to outpointing the Falcons 53.9-52.4 in the team scoring.
Ian Howard tied his career high 14.0 on floor exercise and Zack Linton tacked on a season-high 13.7 in that event as well. Brandon Long recorded a season best 13-5 on parallel bar, and freshman Alex Ganz posted a career mark of 79.6 to win his first all-around title. He registered a career high 13.8 on floor exercise and tied it on high bar (12.4).
Junior Ikaika Jakub was fourth on vault (14.0) and posted season best on floor exercise (13.9) and still rings (13.8).
In the event scoring, Army recorded season marks on floor exercise (56.0), still rings (54.4) and parallel bars (55.1), while posting its second highest scores on vault 955.5) and high bar (51.6).
The Black Knight Knights face a tough challenge next weekend hosting ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) rivals Temple and Springfield. Army has a dual match against the No. 10 Owls Friday evening (March 2) followed by a triangular with Temple and the No. 16-ranked Pride on Sunday (March 4).