Nov. 27, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army gymnastics team hosted its annual intrasquad meet Tuesday at Gross Sports Center with the Gold Team nipping the Black Squad by 75/100s of a point behind a 239.85-239.10 decision. The Black Team's rally down the stretch came up short of defending its title for the third straight year.
Senior Kip Webber and sophomore Jesse Glenn set the pace for the Gold and Black squads, respectively. Webber took top honors on still rings (13.8) and vault (15.05) for the winning Gold Team and trailed Glenn in the all-around scoring (72.65). Glenn was first on high bar (14.45) and runner-up on pommel horse (13.4) and still rings (13.65) en route to claiming the all-around title (79.7) for the second straight year.
The Black Team captured four of the six team events, to include the last two, - parallel bars and high bar, to close the gap after trailing 163-15-160.34. Mike Tserkovnyuk of the Black Team won parallel bars with a 13.75, but the Gold Squad claimed the next two spots behind sophomore Chris Short (13.15) and newcomer Sam Kusnitz (12.75) to head into the final event leading by just over two points.
Glenn was the individual winner for the Black Team on high bar with senior teammate Andrew Avelino tying for runner-up honors (132), but Short of the Gold Squad tied with Avelino for second place followed by plebe Jacob Davies' fourth-place finish (13.05) in holding on for the decision.
"It was an excellent meet as the team did well as a whole," stated Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "As a matter of fact, one of the officials commented how impressed they were with the team and had this to say. `It was the 15th intrasquad meet I've done, and I can't remember any that had me this excited about the upcoming season! Kids looked great today. Kudos to you, Carmine, Carl and the team for all the great work. Add the great recruiting news you told me about for next year, and even more to be happy about with the future of Army gymnastics.'
"We made a couple of mistakes with the veterans performing difficult routines," continued Van Everen. "Heading into the season we were concerned about two key areas, pommel horse (graduation of school record holder (Garrek Hojan-Clark) and still rings. Jesse (Glenn) is swinging very well now and Connor (Venrick) was solid on pommel horse.
"It was very encouraging with the veterans and newcomers, especially Sam (Kusnitz), Leo (Genders) and Joe (Pritts), suberb in their events."
The teams split the six individual events down the middle with veterans Venrick and Tserkovnyuk rounding out Army's individual winners for the Black Team in taking top honors on pommel horse (13.85) and parallel bars (13.75), respectively.
Also in the winners' circle for the Gold Team was Kusnitz, who opened the meet posting the top mark of 14.5 on floor exercise, along with a pair of third-place finishes on vault (14.5) and parallel bars (12.75).
Army opens its season on Jan. 11, 2014, against perennial powerhouse Penn State.