Army Wins Final Rotation To Edge Springfield

Nicholas Fettinger

Nicholas Fettinger

March 17, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Army's gymnastics team outpointed host Springfield in the final rotation (parallel bars) of its comeback bid as the 14th-ranked Black Knights pulled out a 414.6-413.1 victory over No. 18 Springfield at Blake Arena Sunday afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference match.

Army went one-two on parallel bars with senior Nicholas Fettinger and junior Kip Webber posting career highs scoring 14.7 and 14.5, respectively, as the Black Knights turned in a team-high outpointing the Pride, 69.1-68.1, in that event to pull out the decision.

Webber captured the all-around title (84.0) and earned medalist honors on floor exercise (15.0) and still rings (15.1), setting a career-high in the latter. He led a sweep of the top three places on floor exercise as the Black Knights set a season-best 71.9 in beating the Pride (69.5) in that event.

Army and Springfield split the six team and individual events down the middle, but the Black Knights' depth was a factor as they claimed runner-up honors in four of the individual events.

Also placing second were sophomore Jeremy Cahill with a career-best 14.8 on floor exercise, freshman Chris Short with a career-high 14.2 on high bar and senior captain Ikaika Jakub tying his season-high performance of 14.4 on vault.

Junior Ian Howard and sophomore Mike Tserkovnyuk tied their career marks on floor exercise (14.3) and pommel horse (14.4), respectively, in third-place showing in those events. Freshmen Connor Ezell (14.0) and Short (13.8) had career-high performances on still rings, and Webber (13.6) and Greg Fearnley (13.2) turned in season highs on the high bar.

Army closes out its regular-season schedule next week in a triangular hosted by ECAC champion Temple along with Navy. The Owls are second in the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference), Army is third and Navy is fifth with William & Mary first, UIC fourth and Springfield sixth.

NOTES: It is the second straight week Army has defeated Springfield ...Army's 414.6 score is its second highest of the season ... freshman Jesse Glenn was injured and did not compete ... Black Knights recorded their third win of the season.

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