March 9, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Senior Garrek Hojan-Clark earned medalist honors on pommel horse for the seventh time this season, and junior Kip Webber beat the NCAA co-defending champion for first-place honors on vault as Army split a triangular in its home finale at Gross Sports Center Saturday afternoon.
Fifth-ranked Stanford (9-1) captured all six team events and claimed four of the six individual winners in outpointing the field with a 438.6. No. 14 Army (2-4) posted a 413.5 followed by No. 17 Springfield (403.3).
Ranked second nationally on pommel horse, Hojan-Clark turned in the top performance with a 15.35 in outpointing runner-up John Martin of Stanford who scored a 15.1. It is the second straight week that the native of Brookfield, Wis., posted that score which is just .05 off his Academy record.
Webber recorded a season-high 15.30 on vault in edging five-time All-American Stanford senior Eddie Penev, who co-shared the 2012 NCAA title in that event, by 1/10 of a point for medalist honors. Stanford's Sean Senters, ranked No. 1 in the country in that event with a 15.3 average, was fourth with a 14.55. Webber, the Academy record holder on vault, came into the meet ranked 56th with a 14.483 average and high of 14.65.
Setting a career-mark in the all-around scoring (84.75), Webber was runner-up on floor exercise (career-high 15.25) and still rings (14.85) trailing Penev and Dennis Zaremski (15.2), respectively. Penev, the reigning National Gymnast of the Week, is ranked No. 1 in the country on floor exercise and No. 2 in all-around. He posted season-highs of 16.05 and 89.1, respectively, in those events.
Seniors Jared Breeden, Ikaika Jakub and Nicholas Fettinger turned in Army's second highest scores in four events and Gregory Fearnley was among the leaders on pommel horse in their final home match on Senior Day. Breeden posted a season high 14.45 on floor exercise and Jakub, the team captain, turned in a season-high 14.5 on still rings and 14.15 on vault, and Fettinger recorded a 14.00 on parallel bars. Fearnley set a season high 13.15 on pommel horse.
Freshman Chris Short set a career-high with Army's top score of 13.4 on high bar. Freshman all-arounder Jesse Glenn did not compete today.
"It was a good meet," said head coach Doug Van Everen. "Our hit percentage was very good, but having Jesse (Glenn) out impacted every event. The rest of the team stepped up and did great things.
"We wanted to do a good job in this meet because we knew it was going to be pretty close in regards to Springfield. As it turned out, we were further ahead without Jesse, but I am glad that we rested him this week. He will be ready to go next week. We are taking it a little easy with him. He has competed every weekend and it adds up, and we want him to finish strong."
Army heads to Springfield next Saturday (March 17) before closing the regular season in a triangular with Navy and host Temple on March 23.