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Men's Gymnastics Defeats Army for the First Time in 26 Years in a Tri-Meet; MIT Third

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – March 16, 2008 – The Springfield College men’s gymnastics team finished first of three collegiate teams in a tri-meet this afternoon at Springfield’s Blake Arena. The Pride won with a score of 338.300, followed by Army at 336.400, and MIT at 325.300.

It is the first time in at least 26 years that the Springfield men’s gymnastics team has beaten Army. Army had beaten Springfield twice in earlier meets this season.

Two Springfield gymnasts placed first today. Senior Matthew Davis (Southboro, Mass.) won his specialty, the pommel horse, with a score of 14.700. And junior Matthew Bolognese (Stony Brook, N.Y.) won his specialty, the still rings, with a score of 15.200. Sophomore Josh Spencer (Las Vegas, Nev.) finished second in the high bar (14.200), fourth in the vault (15.150), and tied for fifth in the pommel horse (13.400). Sophomore Matt Tocchio (Braintree, Mass.) had an excellent day, finishing second in the pommel horse (14.400), third in the parallel bars (13.850), and in a tie for third in the floor exercise (14.350). Sophomore Keith Stumpf (Williamsville, N.Y.) shined in both the vault, where he is an All-American, by tying for second with the day’s second-highest score (15.500), and by tying for third in the floor exercise (14.350). Senior JJ Ferreira (Naugatuck, Conn.) placed second in the floor (14.450), and junior Andy Kelly (Marstons Mills, Mass.) was second in the parallel bars (14.000). Kelly was also fifth in floor (14.250).

For Army, senior Mike Assenmacher (Milford, Mich.) had a fine day, placing first twice. He won the floor exercise with a tally of 14.950, and the vault with the day’s highest individual score of 15.650. Assenmacher also finished fourth in the pommel horse (13.450), and fifth in both the parallel bars (13.700) and the high bar (13.950). He finished sixth overall in the all-around ((71.700). Army also claimed two more winners – sophomore Jon Grey (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in the parallel bars (14.050) and senior Tim Burns (Ann Arbor, Mich.) in the high bar (14.800). Sophomore Ty Smith (Wales, Wisc.) had Army’s highest All-Around score, finishing second at 82.400.

For MIT, junior Boris Rasin (Brookline, Mass.) finished first in the All-Around (82.850). In fact, MIT placed 1-3-4-5 in the All-Around, including senior Joshua Coblenz (Springfield, Va.) in third, freshman Jake Shapiro (Canton, Mass.) in fourth, and junior Tom Caldwell (East Berlin, Pa.) in fifth. Rasin also took second in the still rings (14.400), and third in the pommel horse (14.000).

Up next, Springfield will compete in the New England’s at MIT this Saturday (March 22.). On March 28-29, Springfield will host the USAG Nationals right back at Blake Arena.

TEAM SCORES
SPRINGFIELD 338.050, ARMY 336.400, MIT 325.300

INDIVIDUAL SCORES
All-Around –

1) Boris Rasin, MIT 82.850
2) Ty Smith, Army 82.400
3) Joshua Coblenz, MIT 81.900
4) Jake Shapiro, MIT 79.750
5) Tom Caldwell, MIT 77.500
6) Mike Assenmacher, Army 71.700
Floor Exercise --
1) Mike Assenmacher, Army 14.950
2) JJ Ferreira, SC 14.450
T3) Matt Tocchio, SC 14.350
T3) Keith Stumpf, SC 14.350
5) Andrew Kelly, SC 14.250
6) Tim Burns, Army 14.050

Pommel Horse –
1) Matthew Davis, SC 14.700
2) Matt Tocchio, SC 14.400
3) Boris Rasin, MIT 14.000
4) Mike Assenmacher, Army 13.450
T5) Josh Spencer, SC 13.400
T5) Ty Smith, Army 13.400

Still Rings --
1) Matt Bolognese, SC 15.200
2) Boris Rasin, MIT 14.400
3) Joshua Coblenz, MIT 14.150
4) Jake Shapiro, MIT 14.100
5) Dave Ellis, Army 13.900
6) Tyler Ho, Army 13.850

Vault –
1) Mike Assenmacher, Army 15.650
T2) Keith Stumpf, SC 15.500
T2) Dave Ellis, Army 15.500
4) Josh Spencer, SC 15.150
5) Neil Henderson, Army 14.700
6) Ken Sloanhoffer, SC 14.600

Parallel Bars –
1) Jon Grey, Army 14.050
2) Andy Kelly, SC 14.000
3) Matt Tocchio, SC 13.850
4) Joshua Coblenz, MIT 13.800
5) Mike Assenmacher, Army 13.700
6) Dave Ellis, Army 13.600

High Bar –
1) Tim Burns, Army 14.800
2) Josh Spencer, SC 14.200
T3) Ty Smith, Army 14.000
T3) Justin Sappington, Army 14.000
5) Mike Assenmacher, Army 13.950
T6) Josh Fox, SC 13.700
T6) Michael Freundlich, SC 13.700

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