Army Splits Triangular On Senior Day

Jared Breeden

Jared Breeden

March 4, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army gymnastics team set a season-high for the second time this weekend and third straight meet posting a 334.9 on Senior Day at Gross Sports Center. The No. 15 Black Knights earned a split of a triangular meet defeating No. 17 Springfield, 334.9-323.9, in rebounding from a 340.9-334.9 loss to No. 9 Temple.

Army set season highs on vault (55.7), parallel bars (56.6) and high bar (53.8), along with capturing two of the six team events - pommel horse (54.8) and parallel bars. Temple posted the top scores on floor exercise, still rings, vault and high bar, and claimed five of the six individual winners.

Senior team captain Jonathan Hoey and freshman Alex Ganz garnered runner-up honors on pommel horse and parallel bars, respectively, along with third-place finishes by Jared Breeden on floor exercise and Ikaika Jakub on parallel bars, in providing Army with key performances on the afternoon.

Hoey's 14.0 mark on pommel horse was his second highest mark of the season and trailed Temple's Mike Bittner's winning mark by just 2/10s of a point. Ganz turned in a career-high 14.4 on parallel bars, which was just 1/10 shy of medalist Alex Tighe of Temple. Jakub also set a career-high in that event with a 14.2, nipping his former mark of 14.1, in tying for third.

Breeden shattered his career mark on floor exercise after earning a 14.7 to finish third. He tied for fourth on still rings (14.5) and was fifth on vault (14.1).

Chase Brown set a season-high 14.5 on floor exercise, which is just 1/10 off his career mark, and recorded a 14.0 on vault and parallel bars. Nicholas Fettinger turned in a season-high 14.0 on parallel bars.

All seven Army's competitors on floor exercise posted either season or career marks. Zack Linton (13.9) and Jakub (14.2) joined Brown in setting season marks with Jeremy Cahill (14.0), Ian Howard (14.1) and Ganz (13.7) setting career marks along with Breeden.

It was the final home meet for four seniors - Chase Brown, Brandon Long, Jonathan Hoey and Zack Linton.

"We had a great meet today," said Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "Our hit percentage Friday night was 89 percent and today it was in the 80 percent range.

"Our goal was to show our highest scores and best performances as we get closer to the end of the season. The team is starting to do that on a regular basis, both in practice and competition. We have to keep going, and it is pretty amazing how well we are doing. Everyone has been stepping up on the team and filling some holes we have."

The Black Knights return to the road for the first time since February 20th, when they travel to Massachusetts for a meet against Springfield Friday evening.

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