April 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -
Junior Kip Webber tied for medalist honors in all-around and senior Garrek Hojan-Clark was first on pommel horse as Army's gymnastics team finished fifth at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships Friday evening at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College.
Webber and Hojan-Clark were among seven Black Knights to advance to Saturday's individual finals as Army was represented in all six events. Webber met the standard in three events (floor exercise, still rings and parallel bars) with Hojan-Clark and sophomore Mike Tserkovnyuk advancing on pommel horse, senior captain Ikaika Jakub on vault, sophomore Ian Howard on floor exercise with junior Jeremy Cahill and freshman Michael Young competing on high bar.
Temple edged William & Mary, ranked first in the conference's regular-season standings, 411.65-410.45, in defending its title for the second straight year. UIC was third (409.35) followed by host Springfield (407.7), Army (404.5) and Navy (400.35).
Webber and William & Mary's Daniel Potemski tied for the all-around title compiling identical scores of 82.85. Webber was third on still rings (14.6) and floor exercise (14.6), tied for eighth on parallel bars (13.6), shared 10th on high bar (13.75) and was 13th on vault (14.1) in turning in his top scores of the meet.
Webber is the fourth Black Knight to capture the all-around title and first since Army Hall of Famer Steve Marshall accomplished that feat in 1995. Austin Betts was Army's first champion in 1934 followed by Robert Sears in 1939.
Hojan-Clark, ranked No. 1 nationally on pommel horse and a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, posted a 14.8 in claiming his ninth win of the season. He will be looking to capture his second ECAC title on the horse after winning it two years ago.
Cahill was third on high bar with a 14.1 and York tied for sixth with a 13.9. Tserkovnyuk tied for eighth on pommel horse (13.7), Jakub shared eighth place with three others on vault (14.4), and Howard tied for eighth on floor exercise (14.1) .
"The highlight of the meet was Kip winning all-around," said Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "We have a large group in the finals and I look to crown a champion or two. Jeremy (Cahill) was ill and had a fever and did not compete on floor exercise or vault, but he did an excellent job for us on high bar.
"Overall we did not do as well as we had hoped, but under the circumstances, we turned in a solid performance."