March 9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -
Army's depth proved the difference in posting its second gymnastics win over Springfield as the No. 13 Black Knights edged the No. 18 Pride by 1.2 points in taking a 331.2-330.0 decision Friday evening at Blake Arena. Army and Springfield each won three of the six team events along with splitting the individual winners down the middle.
Junior Garrek Hojan-Clark equaled his career-high and school mark of 15.2 in beating the field on pommel horse in recording his third win in that event this season. Junior Nicholas Fettinger was medalist on parallel bars with a 14.2, which is just 3/10s off his career high, and senior Chase Brown shattered his career high in recording a 14.1 on high bar in nipping freshman Jeremy Cahill, who set a career-high 13.8, for medalist honors. Brown added a third on vault where he equaled his season mark of 14.3.
Freshman Alex Ganz was the all-around winner for the third time this season, setting a career-high 81.2. He turned in top scores on still rings (14.1), pommel horse (13.5) and parallel bars (13.6).
Cahill, who posted a pair of second-place finishes, was also runner-up on floor exercise with a 14.3. Junior Jared Breeden took second on still rings (14.7) and was fourth on floor exercise (14.0). Freshman Connor Venrick was fourth on pommel horse (13.6) and junior Ikaika Jakub tied with Ganz for third on still rings (14.1), and also took fourth on vault (14.2).
In the team events, Army nipped Springfield 55.6-55.3 on floor exercise, won pommel horse 55.6-53.8 and high bar 54.1-53.0.
The Black Knights close out their regular-season schedule at William & Mary this week, taking on the Tribe in a dual meet Thursday followed by a triangular to include Temple on Saturday.