March 29, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore Jesse Glenn was crowned an ECAC champion for the second time in as many days after winning the event title on high bar, and Sam Kusnitzwas honored as the ECAC Rookie of the Year as Army shined the final day at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Navy.
Crowned the all-around champion on Friday, Glenn earned all-conference honors (top six) in all five individual events he qualified in. The Porter Ranch, Calif., native was the lone gymnast to score in the 15-point range beating the field on high bar with a 15.3 to become Army's first champion in that event since George Rhynedancein 2006 and tenth Black Knight to earn the title.
Glenn is the first Black Knight under 24-year coach Doug Van Everento earn a pair of EAC titles at a meet and third in the history of the program. He is the first to do so since Army Hall of Famer Robert Sears was crowned the all-around and parallel bars champion in 1939. Austin Betts was the first Army ECAC multiple-event winner after laying claim to all-around and high bar titles in 1934.
Glenn was runner-up on vault (14.7) after being edged by William & Mary's Neal Court (14.9) for the title, earned the bronze on pommel horse (14.4), tied for fourth on parallel bars (13.75) and was sixth on still rings (14.55).
Kusnitz, the fourth Black Knight selected for rookie honors and the first since Brandon Whittenin 2004, earned all-conference honors in three events. The Army freshman was third on floor exercise (14.5), fifth on vault (14.5) and sixth on high bar (14.0).
Senior Ian Howard tied for fifth on floor exercise (14.2) in rounding out Army's contingent as nine earned All- ECAC honors. Senior Kip Webber just missed on vault (14.0) , finishing seventh, with freshmen Joe Pritts, floor exercise (13.95), Jacob Davis, parallel bars (13.5) and Leo Genderson high bar (13.7) also coming up short of placing among the top six in their respective events.
The Black Knights had its largest contingent in several years qualify for the individual finals as seven competed in 13 events.
Though the No.13-ranked Black Knights came up short of earning one of 12 bids to the NCAA Championships following its runner-up finish to No. 12 William & Mary, Army is looking to send a large contingent of individual qualifiers to this year's NCAA Championships being hosted by Michigan on April 10-12.