March 2, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Senior Kip Webber was a triple winner, scoring season-highs in floor exercise, still rings and vault, leading the twelfth-ranked Army's gymnastics team to a 419.5-399.55 win over No. 15 Springfield on Senior Day at Gross Sports Center.
The win is the third straight and second over the weekend for the Black Knights who leveled their season mark at 3-3.
Army was dominant claiming the individual winner in all six events and team honors in five. The Black Knights set season marks in floor exercise (73.3) and vault (73.55), along with winning still rings (68.5), parallel bars (68.0) and high bar (68.25).
Webber set the pace in his first and last events leading an Army sweep of the top five places in floor exercise and vault. The Army senior posted a season-best 15.25 in floor exercise that tied his career-high followed by a winning effort of 15.1 on still rings that equaled his career high, along with a season-best 15.45 on vault that shattered his previous high of 15.15 recorded in Friday's win over Temple.
Webber was ecstatic following his finish on vault. "That was one of the greatest feelings I have had after struggling with this event for a while," said Webber, "and to finally stick it meant a lot. "I only dreamt of that happening, and it is just a thrill to go out with a bang in my final meet here.
"The team is clicking on all cylinders and everyone is coming together and getting more confident in their routines."
Also joining Webber in the winners' circle were junior Connor Venrick setting a career high 14.65 on pommel horse, sophomore Chris Short, who equaled his season-best 14.1 on parallel bars, and freshman Leo Genders who sparked Army to the event title on high bar with a 13.85.
Sophomore Sam Kusnitz, runner-up in all four events he competed, finished behind Webber on floor exercise (15.15) and vault (14.65), setting a season best in the former. He set a career high on parallel bars (13.9) tying with junior Alex Ganz, and shared second on high bar (13.8) with sophomore Michael York.
Posting thirds were freshman Joe Pritts on floor exercise (14.2), sophomore Jesse Glenn on pommel horse (14.15) and junior Jeremy Cahill on vault (14.6)
"This was an excellent meet, said Army coach Doug Van Everen. "We scored a decent score, but our hit percentage was the best we have had all season. We are coming together and it was fun to see a lot of these highlights particularly doing so well without Jesse Glenn in five events as we rested him."
Army closes out its regular-season slate next weekend in a triangular hosted by William & Mary that also includes Temple.