April 7, 2012
PHILADELHIA, Pa. -
Chase Brown, Jonathan Hoey, Jared Breeden and Nicholas Fettinger turned in Army's top performances in their signature events Friday evening at the 2012 Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics Championships to advance to Saturday's individual finals at McGonigle Hall on the campus of Temple University.
Hoey recorded Army's highest finish placing sixth on pommel horse with a 14.3. Brown met the standard on floor exercise (14.4), Breeden on still rings (14.3) and Fettinger on parallel bars (13.8) after finishing among the top eight in Friday's prelims to advance forward and vie for the individual title on Saturday.
It is the second straight year that Hoey, the team captain, met the standard on pommel horse, and is the first time for Brown, Breeden and Fettinger. Brown recorded Army's highest score of 13.1 on high bar and Breeden posted the Black Knights' second best mark of 14.1 on vault.
Junior Ikaika Jakub just missed qualifying for the individual finals on vault and still rings where he turned in a 14.2 in both events. Freshman Jeremy Cahill's 14.2 fell shy of meeting the standard on floor exercise (14.2), and classmate Alex Ganz compiled a 79.9 in the all-around scoring with his highest scores of 13.8 recorded on still rings and vault.
No. 10 Temple snapped the University of Chicago's three-year reign in beating the field with a 349.4 to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships later this month. No. 17 Springfield surprised the field edging No. 13 UIC for runner-up honors by just 0.3 of a point, 332.6-332.3. No. 14 William & Mary's 330.4 nipped Navy's 330.3 by the smallest of margins(0.1) for fourth place followed by No. 15 Army's 328.5.
"We did well in all of the events except high bar, which knocked us out of a higher finish," commented head coach Doug Van Everen. "However, we had one of our best hit percentages today (80 percent) and I could not ask more of the team as I received the maximum from them."
Saturday's individual finals begin at 2 p.m.