Feb. 11, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Army gymnasts Chase Brown, Garrek Hojan-Clark and Jared Breeden earned medalist honors, but Navy's depth proved the difference as the Midshipmen outpointed the Black Knights 327.1-319.0 to claim the "Star" match Saturday afternoon at Macdonough Hall.
Brown tied his season-high posting a 14.2 in edging Navy's Jeff Sauers by 0.1 for medalist honors on floor exercise, the first event of the meet. In the second event, Hojan-Clark tied his career-high 15.1 en route to posting his first win of the season on pommel horse and second straight over Navy in the "Star" match. Senior team captain Jonathan Hoey was runner-up with a 13.9 as Army pulled out to a slim 108.9-108.4 lead after the first two events. The Black Knights outpointed Navy 55.3-54.5 in the team scoring in floor exercise and 55.0-54.1 on pommel horse.
Breeden tied with Navy's Andrew Faulk for medalist honors on still rings with identical 14.0 scores, but the Midshipmen edged Army 53.9-53.0 in the team scoring and went on to win the next three team events along with claiming individual winners en route to posting a season high.
"We had good performances on pommel horse and floor exercise," noted Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "Though we did well in three of the remaining four events, we didn't have enough muscle today. After losing on still rings, we played catch-up the rest of the way. We did not do well on parallel bars and fell further behind."
Junior Ikaika Jakub turned in a season-high 14.3 on vault as he tied for second place and teammate Nicholas Fettinger registered a career-high 13.9 in that event. Freshmen Mike Tserkovnyuk and Jeremy Cahill recorded Army's top scores in the final two events, parallel bars and high bar, respectively. Cahill recorded a career-high 13.9 on the high bar in tying for second-place honors, while Tserkovnyuk's 13.4 on p-bars earned him a share of third place.
The Black Knights and Navy will tangle again next week at the All-Academy Championships where they will be joined by defending champion Air Force in San Jose, Calif.