Jan. 18, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Honors continue to pile up for Army senior Garrek Hojan-Clark, who picked up his third citation this week in being named the ECAC Gymnast of the Week. It is his first selection for ECAC honors and the third time since 2011 a Black Knight has been selected, joining teammates Andrew Avelino (2012) and Kip Webber (2011).
Hojan-Clark's winning performance on pommel horse (15.4) against Penn State on January 12th not only earned him the No. 1 ranking in the country in the latest GymInfo coaches' poll, but a trio of weekly honors as well.
On Monday he was selected the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week, and two days later he was named the College Gymnastics Association NCAA Collegiate Division Gymnast of the Week followed by his latest award.
The Army gymnast claimed the Black Knights' lone win against Penn State in last Saturday's season opener for both teams. Hojan-Clark is one of just four gymnasts in the country to score above a 15.0 on pommel horse this year as the native of Brookfield, Wis., tied his school mark with his winning score of 15.4 that lists first nationally.
The next two spots are held by members of the Big Ten with the other coming from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Hojan-Clark, who has been ranked among the nation's leaders since his freshman year, captured the ECAC title on pommel horse and was a USAG All-America in 2011.
The Black Knights, ranked No. 8 this week, take on No. 7 Air Force Saturday at the Cadet West Gym Saturday afternoon. Army and Air Force rank among the top teams in the country in all six events with the Black Knights ranked highest on pommel horse (68.7-66.9) and parallel bars (67.95-66.4). Air Force has a slight lead on floor exercise (69.75-67.75), still rings (67.75-67.45), vault (72.95-70.95) and high bar (61.75-61.35).
Army will be looking to post its first win over Air Force since taking a 198.05-185.80 road decision in 2007. The Black Knights fell 334.0-326.5 in last year's meeting at West Point.
Fans will be able to follow Saturday's dual with Air Force as the Falcons will have live video streaming. The free video feed can be accessed by clicking on the camera icon on the schedule page of GoAirForceFalcons.com.