March 11, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Gymnast Kip Webber was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week following his winning performance on vault as the 14th-ranked Black Knights split a triangular with No. 5 Stanford and No. 17 Springfield in the home finale Saturday afternoon.
It is the second time that Webber has earned this honor after co-sharing it two years ago. He is the second gymnast to earn AAA honors this season, joining senior Garrek Hojan-Clark.
Webber outscored five-time All-American and co-NCAA defending vault champion Eddie Penev of Stanford by 1/10th of a point with his season-high 15.3 in earning medalist honors. Stanford's Sean Senters, ranked No. 1 in the country on vault with a 15.3 average, was fourth with a 14.55 and Penev ranked 15th. Webber, the Academy record holder on vault, came into the meet ranked 56th with a 14.483 average and high of 14.65.
Competing as an all-arounder, Webber set a career-mark tallying an 84.75 in finishing second. He was runner-up on floor exercise (career-high 15.25) and still rings (14.85) trailing Penev's 16.05 and Stanford's Dennis Zaremski (15.2), respectively. Penev, the reigning National Gymnast of the Week, is ranked No. 1 in the country on floor exercise and No. 2 in all-around.
Army is spending its spring break in Florida as the team is practicing for its next meet on Sunday (March 17) when the team heads to Massachusetts to take on Springfield. The Black Knights close out their regular-season slate on Saturday, March 23, in a triangular with Navy hosted by Temple.