Gymnasts To Compete at the USAG Championships

Jesse Glenn

Jesse Glenn

March 20, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's gymnastics team opens its postseason run this weekend competing at the USA Gymnastics Championships hosted by Navy at Macdonough Hall with the team events scheduled for Friday, March 21, at 4 p.m. and the individual event finals Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m.

Army heads into the meet ranked No. 13 nationally with a 421.117 average trailing No. 10 Air Force (427.933) and ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) rival No. 12 William & Mary (422.683). Fourteenth-ranked Navy (414.633) and No. 17 Springfield (403.717) round out the collegiate field.

In addition, three club teams will be competing in Arizona State, Washington and Brockport State in extending the field to eight teams.

Army is 2-2 against the collegiate field having defeated ECAC rivals Navy and Springfield while falling to William & Mary and Air Force. It is the first time the Black Knights have competed at the USA Championships since 2011 when Army placed fourth.

In the six team events, defending champion Air Force has the highest average among the collegiate teams in five of those events. The Falcons are ranked sixth on pommel horse (71.017), ninth in floor exercise (72.75), still rings (72.633) and high bar (71.367) and 11th on parallel bars (70.133).

Army has the top average on vault (72.927), and the second highest on floor exercise (11th-72.05) and high bar (10th - 72.233), and third best on parallel bars (13th-68.883). The Tribe has the second highest average among the field on pommel horse, listing seventh with a 70.533 average, and on still rings (71.183) and parallel bars (12th - 70.05). Navy has the third highest average on pommel horse (13th-67.717) and still rings (13th-70.917).

Individually, Army's Jesse Glenn is ranked fourth nationally on high bar (15.167 average) and seventh in all-around (85.983), and Kip Webber is 20th on still rings (14.85). Webber is one of nine finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy of gymnastics.

The Tribe's Landon Funiciello is the highest ranked individual in the field, listing No. 2 in the country on still rings (15.883) and 12th on parallel bars (14.917), with teammate Neal Courter ranked 11th on vault (14.95) and 18th on floor exercise (15.033). Funiciello is also a Nissen-Emery finalist.

The Falcons' Tommy Wang is ranked fifth as an all-arounder (86.45) and 13th on pommel horse (14.8) with Tyler Huebner listed 13th on still rings (15.217). Springfield's Ryan Ponce ranks 14th on still rings (15.133) and Navy's Chris Junghans is 13th in all-around (83.183).

Tickets are $10 each day and can be purchased at the event.

The meet is also a sneak preview of the ECAC Championships being hosted by Navy the following week, March 28-29. William & Mary ranks first in the conference with a 419.807 average with Army next at 416.15. Navy lists third (416.581) and Springfield fifth (402.494).

Collegiate Field at USAG Championships
No. 10 Air Force (427.933 team average)
No. 12 William & Mary (422.683)
No. 13 Army (421.117)
No. 14 Navy (414.633)
No. 17 Springfield (403.717)

Club Teams
No. 15 Arizona State
No. 19 Washignton
No. 20 Brockport State

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