April 10, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Army senior Kip Webber, a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, advanced on vault in Thursday's evening session at the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Qualifying Meet at the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena. Webber was among eight Black Knights competing individually.
A four-time NCAA qualifier, Webber finished ninth on vault in the pre-qualifying evening session with a 14.95. Army's school record holder in that event, Webber is ranked 13th nationally with a 15.012 average. It is the third time in his career that he has advanced to the next round and second time on vault. Webber also competed in floor exercise where he tied for 28th place (13.95).
Sophomore all-arounder Jesse Glenn just missed advancing to the next round in his first NCAA Qualifier. He turned in his top performances on vault, finishing 15th with a 14.7, and tied for 17th place (14.15) on high bar. He was 21st on pommel horse (13.9), 26th on still rings (13.75), tied with Webber for 28th on floor exercise (13.95) while posting a 12.1 on parallel bars following a fall which took him out of the running in settling for fifth (82.55) in the evening session in all-around.
Also competing in their first NCAA meet were junior Connor Venrick, sophomore Chris Short along with freshmen Jacob Davies, Leo Genders and Joe Pritts. It was the second time for junior Jeremy Cahill, who competed on vault (14.05) and high bar (12.95)
Pritts competed on floor exercise (14.2) and vault (13.35) with Venrick meeting the standard on pommel horse (13.15), Short (13.9) and Davies (13.2) on parallel bars, and Genders on high bar (13.7).
Host and defending NCAA champion Michigan is first with a team score of 441.1 among the six teams in the prequalifying session advancing to Friday evening's finals, along with Oklahoma (440.00), Ohio State (437.95), Stanford (433.55), Penn State (433.1) and Illinois (432.85).
The team and all-around qualifiers will compete in Friday's finals while the individuals compete in their qualified events.
Webber is among 12 individual qualifiers competing on vault in Friday's session starting at 7 p.m. EST in Crisler Center.
Competition will be streamed live on NCAA.com.