Gymnasts Host Regular-Season Home Finale This Weekend

Senior Kip Webber

Senior Kip Webber

Feb. 27, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's gymnastics team closes out its regular-season home slate with a pair of Eastern College Athletic Conference matches this weekend hosting defending ECAC champion Temple Friday evening at 6 p.m. and Springfield Sunday on Senior Day, 1 p.m., at Gross Sports Center.

Army continues to improve with each meet to include a season-best 426.35 mark it posted defeating Springfield (418.6) on the road two weeks ago. Sophomore Jesse Glen shattered his school all-around mark and had a hand in three firsts in sparking the Black Knights.

Two days prior, Air Force nipped host Army by just 1.25 points in escaping with 417.85-416.05 decision. Though Army has had its up and downs against the Falcons, the loss was the closest in the series since 2008.

This is Temple's second trip to West Point this season, having competed at the West Point Open in January where the Owls finished fifth to Army's third with Springfield placing sixth.

Temple has been a perennial power in the conference, but has struggled of late. The Black Knights are ranked No. 1 in the ECAC with a 420.833 average, Springfield is fourth (409.35) and Temple sixth (400.917). In the national rankings, Army lists twelfth; Springfield is 15th and Temple 18th.

Glenn ranks fifth nationally on high bar (15.167 average) and sixth in all-around (86.233). His career-high in all-around, recorded n the Springfield win, is the sixth highest score in the nation among a field of 27.

In the conference standings, Glenn is first in all-around and high bar, third on vault (14.817), fourth in floor exercise (14.65) and sixth on parallel bars (14.233).

Senior Kip Webber is second in the conference standings on vault (14.833) and fourth on still rings (14.8), and classmate Ian Howard is ninth on floor exercise (14.283). In the junior class, Jeremy Cahill is ninth on vault (14.45) and high bar (13.883) and 11th in floor exercise (14.083), with Connor Venrick fourth on pommel horse (14.533).

Sophomore Chris Short lists third on parallel bars (14.333) with freshmen Sam Kusnitz second on high bar (14.283) and fifth on vault (14.633) and Joe Pritts third in floor exercise (14.683).

On paper, Army dominates Temple and Springfield in all six events, ranking first in the team scoring (420.833), floor exercise (71.25), vault (71.842) and high bar (68.742). The Black Knights are second on parallel bars (68.183) and still rings (69.267) and rank ahead of both Temple and Springfield in all but one event with the Pride listed first on pommel horse (67.725). Army is fourth (66.708) in that event and Temple is fifth (65.73).

Sunday's match will also honor four seniors on the team in Webber, Howard, Andrew Avelino and team captain Nick Miles.

The Black Knights close out their regular-season schedule next weekend when they travel to Williamsburg, Va., for a triangular with host William & Mary, along with Temple.

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