Gymnasts Defeat ECAC Defending Champion Temple, 423.75-408.8

Jesse Glenn on high bar

Jesse Glenn on high bar

Feb. 28, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore Jesse Glenn captured the all-around scoring and was first in two events and shared medalist honors in another as the Army gymnastics team romped to a 423.75-408.8 win over ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) defending champion Temple Friday evening at Gross Sports Center.

The No. 12 Black Knights (2-3) finished with the top six individual scores and won five of the six team events en route to beating the No. 18 Owls for the first time since 2005. Army scored a season-best on parallel bars (69.15) along with posting its second highest team score of the season.

Glenn claimed wins on pommel horse (14.6) and high bar (15.0), along with sharing first-place honors with junior Alex Ganz on parallel bars as both scored a 14.15. It was a season high for Ganz and just shy of his career mark of 14.4.

Glenn was second on still rings (14.9) and vault (14.9) posting a personal-best in the former and tying his career-high in the latter in closing out his performance placing among the top two in five of the six events.

Senior Kip Webber was a double winner setting season bests on still rings (15.05) and vault (15.15), leading a sweep of the top four places in the latter, along with tying with freshman Joe Pritts for runner-up honors on floor exercise (14.65). Pritts also posted a career best 14.65 on vault in placing fourth.

Freshman Sam Kusnitz was the high scorer in floor exercise with a personal-best 15.05 as the Black Knights swept the top three spots. He was also runner-up on high bar (14.3) and third on vault (14.7), equaling his career mark in the latter.

Freshman Jacob Davies was third on parallel bars recording a personal-best 13.85. Also placing in the top four along with setting career marks were senior Andrew Avelino, junior Connor Venrick and sophomore Michael York on pommel horse (13.8), still rings (14.05) and high bar (14.0), respectively.

"This is one of our best teams," stated Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "Right now we have one event we are struggling in, which is pommel horse, but our team is outstanding and getting better and stronger with each meet.

"Our focus is to win the conference, and we are going to keep charging forward."

The Black Knights (2-3) will look to level their season mark when they host ECAC rival Springfield Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.

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