April 21, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Senior Garrek Hojan-Clark's bid for All-America honors on pommel horse came up short Sunday afternoon during the final day of the 2013 Men's Gymnastics Championships at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University, but it could not diminish what the native of Brookfield, Wis., accomplished over the weekend.
He is the first Black Knight to reach the individual event finals at the NCAAs since Brian Lee met the standard on still rings in 2005.
Ranked No. 2 nationally on pommel horse, Hojan-Clark competed individually in his signature event. He made the cut in the first two qualifying sessions (included 12 teams and five qualifiers ) and was among the top 10 to advance to the individual event finals and vie for the NCAA title with the top eight earning All-America honors.
"Garrek had a tough meet," said Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "He started well, but unfortunately got out of position and had a major break. I am happy for what he did this year and throughout his career, and I am glad he reached the individual finals in his final meet."
Hojan-Clark, who qualified all four years for the NCAAs on pommel horse, scored a 13.425 the final day. Michael Newburger of Ohio State captured the NCAA title with a 15.45, the lone gymnast in that event to score in the 15-point range. He headed into the meet ranked fourth nationally with Minnesota's Ellis Mannon, ranked third, finishing runner-up (14.9).