March 14, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
After splitting a triangular in its home finale over the weekend, the Army gymnastics team is back in action when it heads to Massachusetts for an afternoon meet at Springfield at 1 p.m. on Sunday (March 17). It is the second straight week the Black Knights and Pride are competing against other.
No. 18 Springfield was part of the field with No. 14 Army and No. 5 Stanford over the weekend with the Cardinal sweeping the triangular with a 438.6 followed by the Black Knights (413.5) and Pride (403.3).
Though Stanford swept all six team events, Army claimed two individual winners in senior Garrek Hojan-Clark on pommel horse and junior Kip Webber on vault. Both are the school record holders in those events.
Garrek Hojan-Clark, ranked No. 2 nationally on pommel horse, earned the top score of 15.35 in his signature event copping medalist honors for the third straight week and seventh time this season. He shows a 15.367 average which is just .066 behind Ohio State's Michael Newburger, who ranks first nationally in that event.
Webber edged NCAA co-defending champion Eddie Penev for medalist honors on vault by 1/10 of a point posting a season-best 15.3. Penev and Sean Senters are ranked No. 1 and 2 nationally in that event with season highs of 15.6 and 15.4, respectively. Webber entered the meet ranked 56th, but jumped 22 spots into 24th place in the latest standings with a 14.85 average.
Webber turned in a career-high 84.75 in all-around, and was runner-up on floor exercise (15.25) and still rings (14.85). He currently lists 34th on floor exercise with a 14.867 average and is 31st on still rings (14.833).
Freshman Jesse Glenn is Army's leader in the all-around scoring where he is ranked eighth nationally with an 84.817 average and a career best 85.95. He is listed among the top 45 nationally in four events ranking 29th on floor exercise (14.917), 41st on vault (14.7), 42nd on parallel bars (14.45) and 40th on high bar (14.41).
Army and Springfield are members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and the Black Knights are second in the conference with a 414.533 average and the Pride show a 403.533 average listing sixth. Army ranks first in the league in floor exercise (71.717) and is second on pommel horse (69.117), still rings (70.133) and vault (71.167).
The Black Knights close out their regular-season slate March 23 when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for a triangular with host Temple and Navy. The Owls, the defending ECAC champions, ranked second in the conference with a 415.817 average trailing leader William & Mary (417.033) with the Midshipmen fifth (407.133).
Army defeated Navy 414.00-407.05 on Feb. 23, and lost to William & Mary (411.35-409.4) on March 3rd with the meet going down to the final rotation.