March 23, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -
Army senior Garrek Hojan-Clark, a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, earned medalist honors on pommel horse for the eighth time this season, but his performance and that of Kip Webber, who was runner-up in three events, wasn't enough as the Black Knights fell short in a triangular hosted by Temple.
The Owls were first in all six team events, sharing honors with Navy on vault, to sweep the triangular with a 417.35. Navy was second (405.00) and Army finished third (403.8). The Midshipmen outpointed Army on high bar (66.15-64.25) in edging the Black Knights for second-place honors.
"It was disappointing to end the regular-season on that note," said Army head coach Doug Van Everen, "Now we have to regroup and come together for our conference championships in two weeks. We have to keep driving on and finishing strong."
Hojan-Clark, ranked No. 1 in the country on pommel horse, captured his signature event with a 14.8. Sophomore Mike Tserkovnyuk turned in Army's second highest score of 13.7.
Webber was second on floor exercise (14.3), still rings (14.45) and vault (14.5) in leading the Black Knights in those disciplines as an all-arounder.
Senior Jared Breeden posted Army's second highest mark on floor exercise (14.0), and senior captain Ikaika Jakub did the same on still rings (14.1) and vault (14.25). Freshman Chris Short's 13.7 and Nicholas Fettinger's 13.6 were the top Army marks recorded on parallel bars with freshman Michael York posting a season-best 13.65 leading the way on high bar.
Army will be idle next week as it prepares for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) being hosted by Springfield College on April 5-6.