March 17, 2012
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -
Army's gymnastics team captured three individual events, led by junior Garrek Hojan-Clark's school-record performance on pommel horse, as the No. 15-ranked Black Knights closed out their regular-season slate Saturday evening at a triangular hosted by William & Mary. Army recorded a 326.5 to trail No. 10 Temple (339.2) and No. 15 Tribe (331.8) in the team scoring.
Ranked No. 6 nationally, Hojan-Clark earned medalist honors for the third straight meet and sixth time this season with a 15.4 in breaking his school mark of 15.2 set twice during the season. He was the lone gymnast to score in the 15-point range in that event.
Freshman all-arounder Alex Ganz tied his career mark on still rings with a 14.5 in capturing that event for the first time this season after placing runner-up on Thursday in a dual match with the Tribe.
Nicholas Fettinger rounded out Army's event winners after beating the field with a 14.2 on parallel bars to earn medalist honors for the second time in the last three meets.
Ian Howard set a career-high 14.3 recording Army's highest score on floor exercise, and senior Chase Brown turned in the Black Knights' best marks on vault (14.1) and high bar (13.4).
"We had a good competition except for the final high bar event," commented Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "Heading into that event, the team was hitting 86 percent, but had three misses that hurt us."
The Black Knights will be idle this week as they prepare for the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Championships being hosted by Temple, April 6 and 7, in Philadelphia, Pa. The Owls are ranked No. 1 in the conference followed by defending champion UIC, Army, William & Mary, Navy and Springfield. Hojan-Clark is the defending ECAC champion on pommel horse.