Springfield, Mass. - February 23, 2014 - Another impressive performance from sophomore Jon Zirna (Buffalo, N.Y.) helped pace the Springfield College men’s gymnastics team to a first-place finish at the New England Invitational Championships at Blake Arena on Sunday evening.
Springfield, who registered 402.350 points, outlasted teams from MIT, Brockport State College, University of Vermont and Boston University to find themselves at the top of the podium come days end.
Zirna placed first in the all-around competition, finishing the day with 79.450 points and two first-place finishes in the pommel horse and the parallel bars. William White of MIT placed second with a 73.900, while Brockports, Ron Ayello finished with a 72.950 and Vermont’s Brian Varga with a 72.900.
On the pommel horse, Zirna scored an impressive 14.700, while senior James Hennin (Auckland, New Zealand) finished with a score of 14.200 and William Chin (Worcester, Mass.) produced a 13.800.
As for the parallel bars, Zirna put up a 14.350 to take first, while Garrett DeSantis (Manalapan, N.J.) tallied a 14.250 and sophomore Derek Taranto (Westborough, Mass.) finished the event with a 13.750.
Junior Sam Docherty (Upton, Mass.) placed first overall on the floor routine, scoring a 13.750. Right behind Docherty was both Tucker McClure (San Jose, Calif.) and Brian Cogan (Fairfax, Va.), both with a finishing score of 13.650.
On the rings, senior captain Pat Hanley (Abington, Mass.) took first, scoring a 13.800, while reigning ECAC Men’s Gymnastics Specialist of the Week Ryan Ponce (Tolland, Conn.) placed second with a 13.300. Hennin and Ian Stratton (Elizabeth City, N.C.) tied for third place, finishing with a score of 13.050.
As for the vault, Desmond Carr of Springfield College finished atop the leaderboard with a 14.700. DeSantis finished second with a 14.00, while Stratton and McClure finished in third and fourth place with 13.300 and 13.200 respectively.
McClure finished first overall on the high bar with a score of 13.250, while Taranto took second with a 13.050 and Cogan took third with a 12.600.
Up next for the Pride will be a trip to West Point, N.Y. on Sunday, March 2 to take on the Army Black Knights only to return home on March 15 to host Navy. Both meets start a 1 p.m.