April 18, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Senior Garrek Hojan-Clark and junior Kip Webber are headed to the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships being hosted by Penn State this weekend with high expectations of advancing to the individual finals Sunday afternoon at Rec Hall.
They are among a select group of individual qualifiers with Hojan-Clark making his fourth straight trip on pommel horse and Webber his third and second as an all-arounder. Hojan-Clark is ranked No. 2 in the country on pommel horse and lists first among the five individual qualifiers in that event. Webber is ranked ninth in all-around and is second among the individual qualifiers.
Both will compete in Friday's pre-qualifying session at 1 p.m. with each featuring six of the 12 qualifying teams, five all-arounders and five of 12 event specialists. Army's session includes No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Michigan, No 6 Minnesota, No 7 Illinois, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Air Force.
The teams competing in the evening session at 7 p.m. are host and No. 1 ranked Penn State, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 12 Temple.
The top three teams and top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals in each of the six team events not part of a qualifying team or as an all-arounder, advance from each qualifying session to Saturday's finals session. The team and all-around finals will be held, Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. with the individual finals held Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.
Webber advanced past the qualifying round in floor exercise and vault in 2011 after finishing third among the individual competitors and was the first Black Knight to advance since 2006, but his quest ended in the finals session.
Hojan-Clark and Webber are coming off winning performances at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in being crowned the pommel horse and all-around champions, respectively. It was the second time that Hojan-Clark captured the pommel horse title, with Webber winning his first.
All session tickets to the NCAA Championships ($28 Adult, $16 Youth and PSU Students) are on sale and can be purchased by calling the PSU Ticket Office at (800)-NITTANY. Single-session tickets are on sale now and will be available for purchase on the day of competition at the Recreation Building at least one hour prior to competition.
Single-session tickets on Friday are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and PSU student. Saturday and Sunday's session are $12 for adults, $8 for youth and PSU student.
Army fans unable to make the trip to University Park, Pa., will be able to follow the action with a live webcast of each session available on NCAA.com with live stats on Penn State's website at www.gopsusports.com.
Garrek Hojan-Clark is ranked No. 2 nationally on pommel horse (15.187 average)
Garrek Hojan-Clark is a four-time NCAA Qualifier on pommel horse
Kip Webber is a three-time NCAA Qualifier - twice as an all-arounder (2013/2011)
and on floor exercise (2010)
Kip Webber is ranked No. 9 nationally as an all-arounder (82.375 average)
Army has 31 All-America certificates ... Coach Doug Van Everen has had four earn All-America honors:
Imad Haque ... Still Ring (T5th), 1994
Ben Hayward ... Pommel Horse (T4th), 1997
Dustin Greenhill ... Parallel Bars (2nd), 2003
Brian Lee ... Still Rings (2nd), 2005
Army has four National Champions who combined for six titles
Robert Sears ... 1938 Horizontal Bar/Rope Climb; 1939 Rope Climb
Ray Belardi ... 1939 Rope Climb
John Claybrook ... 1952 Rope Climb
Jon Aaronsohn ... 1960 Flying Rings