March 21, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Sophomore Jesse Glenn captured the all-around title, senior Kip Webber was first on vault and Army placed third during the opening day of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships hosted by Navy at Macdonough Hall.
No. 10 Air Force defended its USAG title for the fifth straight year outpointing the field with a 426.7 followed by No. 12 William & Mary (422.75) and No. 13 Army (414.6) in capturing the top three awards.
No. 14 Navy (403.1) and No. 17 Springfield (403.10) rounded out the collegiate field with three club teams among the eight schools led by Arizona State's fifth-place finish (405.85)
"We made a few mistakes, but rallied down the stretch," explained head coach Doug Van Everen. "We trailed Navy by almost three points heading into the last two events. We pulled ahead of them after posting some of our best vaults of the year and sealed it with a strong showing on parallel bars."
Glenn's winning mark of 86.1 in the all-around scoring earned USAG All-America honors. The native of Porter Ranch, Calif., placed among the top 11 in all six events and qualified for the individual finals (top eight) in four of the disciplines - floor exercise, pommel horse, vault and parallel bars.
Glenn was third in floor exercise (14.9), sixth on pommel horse (14.2), fourth on parallel bars (14.0) and eighth on vault (14.5). He also just missed on still rings (14.4) placing eight and was eleventh on high bar (14.1).
Webber recorded a first-place score of 14.9 in outpointing the field on vault during the preliminariesto qualify for the individual finals along with junior Alex Ganz on parallel bars (13.85) and freshman Sam Kusnitz on high bar (14.1). Army's contingent will look to earn USAG All-America honors (awarded to top six) in a few of the events on Saturday.
Junior Connor Venrick on pommel horse (13.85) and freshman Jacob Davis on still rings (13.7) turned in a Army's second highest scores in those events, with Kusnitz and freshman Leo Genders posting the third best marks by a Black Knight on vault (14.3) and high bar (14.0), respectively.