Ryan Ponce (Tolland, Conn.), Jon Zirna (Buffalo, N.Y.), and Pat Hanley (Abington, Mass.) each appeared in the first session of the day, competing against student-athletes from Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, Oklahoma, among others.
On the rings, Ponce put together Springfield's best individual showing as he registered a 14.650, the ninth-highest score of the qualifying session. With his score, Ponce qualified for the second day of the NCAA Championships, which will take place on Friday. This marks the third-straight year that he has moved on to the second day of competition.
Hanley, who is a team captain alongside Ponce, also competed on the rings and totaled a 12.950 in his first appearance on the national level.Zirna was the only Springfield College student-athlete to compete in multiple events on Thursday. He posted a score of 14.250 on the pommel horse to finish 14th in his session, while his mark of 13.800 on the parallel bars tied him for 25th.