Aug. 5, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The United States Military Academy men’s gymnastics team along with Connor Venrick and recently commissioned 2nt Lt. Kip Webber have been honored with All-America Scholar-Athlete honors.
Venrick landed on the first team with Webber earning second team honors and the Army gymnastics squad receiving an honorable mention as All-Amercian scholar-athletes from The College Gymnastics Association.
As a team, Army received an honorable mention with William & Mary taking the top spot.
Venrick is one of 77 gymnasts from across the country to earn first team honors. The senior has earned the All-America recognition each of his three season as a Black Knight.
A pommel horse and still ring specialist, Venrick was an NCAA qualifier in 2014. He set career highs in both categories during the 2014 season, recording a score of 14.65 on the pommel horse against Springfield (March 2) and a 14.05 on still rings against Temple (Feb. 28).
This is the fourth All-American scholar-athlete nod for Webber who landed on the first team in 2010 and 2011 and on the second team in 2013. Webber graduated in May and earned the Army Athletic Association’s highest honor as the top male athlete in the class of 2014. A civil engenieering major, Webber received his degree from President Barack Obama during commencement on May 28.
In his time with the Black Knights, Webber was a four-time NCAA qualifier and finalist for the Nissan-Emery Award, the highest collegiate award in gymnastics. He set school marks in floor exercise, vault and still rings and capped his career with a USAG All-America certificate after finishing second on vault at the USA Gymnastics Championships.
This is the 54th academic All-American scholar-athlete certificate garnered by the Army gymnastics team since 1990. The Black Knights have boasted 37 first team recipients and 17 second team nods.
Last season, Army earned seven certificates with Venrick, Garrek Hojan-Clark, Gregory Fearnley, Jesse Glenn and Jared Breeden earning first team honors and Webber and Nicholas Fettinger landing on the second team.
The 2015 Army gymnastics squad is set to get underway Jan. 10 when they travel to Penn State for a dual meet. They’ll return home for the West Point Open the following week.