Colorado Springs, Colo. -- March 30, 2012 -- Led by all-around performer Ty Evans, the Springfield College men's gymnastics team placed fourth this evening at the USAG Collegiate National Championships at the Air Force Academy. The Falcons scored 341.050 points to win their third consecutive USAG title. Evans placed ninth overall, and sixth among varsity squad finishers in the all-around.
Among the four varsity teams present, the Air Force placed first with those 341.050 points. Next was William & Mary with 331.850. Then came Navy at 326.900, followed by Springfield at 324.350.
Among the club teams, Arizona State took first with 328.600 points. The College at Brockport was next with 289.900, followed by the University of Washington at 287.450.
The only other championship determined this evening came in the all-around in both the varsity and club team categories. Andrew Faulk of Navy was the varsity winner with an all-around score of 84.300. The top six in that division included J.J. Jindra of William & Mary at 83.200, Chris Junghans of Navy at 82.200, Daniel Potemski of William & Mary at 81.600, Futa Ikeda of William & Mary at 79.250, and senior Ty Evans (San Jose, Calif.) of Springfield at 79.150.
In the club division, the top six included Alex Gaudaur of Arizona State at 83.200, Lee Wilkerson of ASU (80.900), Stephen Gragg of ASU (79.600), Stewart MacDonald of ASU (78.950), Peter Mosur of Washington (78.900), and Brandon Tinkham of Navy (75.300).
All of the above named thus become All-Americans.
On Saturday, the individual champions for each apparatus will be determined in Day 2 of this event.
For SC, Evans will be competing in the vault, parallel bars, and the high bar. Junior Jimmy Pezzino (Buffalo, N.Y.) will be competing in the floor exercise and vault. Sophomore Ryan Ponce (Tolland, Conn.) will be participating in the still rings. Junior Alex McCabe (St. Paul, Minn.) will also be competing in the floor exercise. And junior Rob Ruggiero (Northford, Conn.) will be competing in the pommel horse.
All the above finished in the top eight of their apparatus in order to advance. Pezzino placed first in the floor and second in the vault, while Ponce took first in the still rings. Unfortunately for those three, Saturday's scores are "new life" scores. The first night scores will not count.