Nov. 23, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army head gymnastics coach Doug Van Everen and assistant Carmine Giglio have reason to be optimistic and excited about the upcoming season following the annual Black-Gold match Tuesday afternoon at Gross Sports Center. The Black team edged the Gold squad, 226.6-225.40, after splitting the six team events down the middle.
Veterans and newcomers impressed the staff with senior Chase Brown a double-winner in floor exercise (14.5) and vault (14.1) for the Gold team. Junior Garrek Hojan-Clark, the reigning ECAC champion on pommel horse and ranked among last year's national leaders in that event, forged a winning score of 13.7 in edging freshman Mike Tserkovnyuk by 2/10s of a point for medalist honors as both competed for the Gold squad.
Junior Jared Breeden of the Black squad was first on still rings (13.1) and runner-upon on vault (13.3). Tserkovnyuk tied for first-place honors on parallel bars with fellow plebe and Gold team member Alex Ganz as both earned 12.4 scores.
Team captain Jonathan Hoey, a two-time NCAA qualifier on high bar, shared first-place honors with newcomer Jeremy Cahill in that discipline as both produced identical 13.4 marks as members of the Black and Gold squads, respectively. Cahill was also second on floor exercise (14.4) and fourth on vault (12.9), and Hoey took third on pommel horse (12.4).
Junior Ikaika Jakub of the Black team combined for a 73.4 to win the all-around scoring with Ganz pacing the Gold team with a 67.0 composite. Jakub's top showings were second place honors on still rings (12.8) along with a third on vault (12.9).
Turning in third place finishes were Brown on high bar (12.9), junior Gregory Fearnley on parallel bars (13.3) and freshman Connor Venrick on still rings (12.2).
"I was very encouraged by the fact that we scored about a point higher than we did last year at this meet," said Van Everen.
"Three of our best athletes did not participate in this event. The veterans did very well, and I was surprised by the performance of freshman Jeremy Cahill. He did an awesome job stepping up at this event. We are going to be in good shape this season."
The Black Knights open their season Jan. 14 against Penn State.