Feb. 21, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Coming off a second-place finish at the All-Academy Championships last weekend, the Army gymnastics team hosts Navy in the annual "Star" match at Gross Sports Center Saturday at 1 p.m. The Black Knights will be looking to snap loose from a two-match losing streak to the Midshipmen, overall and at home, dating back to 2010 and 2007, respectively.
Army's meet with Navy is the first of the season at Gross Sports Center, but it will be the Midshipmen's second trip to West Point this month as they were part of the seven-team field at the annual West Point Open the first weekend of February.
The Black Knights earned the silver at the Open in equaling their second highest finish at this meet, along with setting a season-high 416.1. Navy placed fifth with a 398.15.
The teams met again this past weekend, along with Air Force, at the All-Academy Championships held in Atlanta, Ga. The Falcons captured the team title for the third straight year and Army was runner-up (410.6) for its highest finish since 2007. Navy posted a season-high 407.3 in rounding out the field.
Army finished ahead of Navy in four of the six team events at the All-Academy Championships with the Black Knights outpointing the Mids on pommel horse (66.8-64.6), still rings (70.5-69.55), vault (709.55-68.95) and parallel bars (67.8).
Navy edged Army on floor exercise (70.55-70.35) and high bar (66.10-64.6).
In the latest GymInfo poll, Army is ranked No. 14 nationally with a 411.6 average and Navy is listed 15th (401.517). In the team event standings, the Black Knights have the edge over the Midshipmen in five of the six disciplines. The Black Knights list as high as 12th on still rings (69.817) and vault (71.167), rank 13th on floor exercise (70.317) and pommel horse (68.2) and stand 14th on parallel bars (68.133), while trailing Navy on high bar. The Midshipmen are 14th on high bar with a 66.183 average with Army close behind at 65.067 in listing 17th.
Senior Garrek Hojan-Clark and freshman Jesse Glenn are ranked third nationally on pommel horse and all-around, respectively. Hojan-Clark, who has won the pommel horse four of five meets, shows a 15.217 average on the horse and Glenn carries an 84.45 average as an all-arounder. Navy's Chris Junghans, who captured the all-around title at the All-Academy Championships with an 81.65, lists ninth with an 81.7 average.
While Army's senior class is looking to claim its second win over Navy, Hojan-Clark is unbeaten against the Mids in dual matches on pommel horse. In the series standings, Army holds a 51-34-2 advantage.
Fans unable to attend Saturday's meet will be able to catch the action on Knight Vision. Nikolai Busco will handle play-by-play duties. Fans can follow the action by logging onto the Army Athletic Association's subscription-based multimedia platform on www.goARMYsports.com and click on the Knight Vision link.