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Three Men's Gymnasts Compete In Opening Day of NCAA Championships

Pat Hanley Ann Arbor, Mich. - April 10, 2014 - Three Springfield College men's gymnasts competed in the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Championships on Thursday afternoon at the Crisler Center on the campus of the University of Michigan.

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.

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