Springfield, Mass. – February 16, 2014 - Despite impressive performances from both Ryan Ponce (Tolland, Conn.) and Jon Zirna (Buffalo, N.Y.), the Springfield College men’s gymnastics team fell to the visiting Army Black Knights 426.350-418.600 on Sunday afternoon at Blake Arena.
Zirna once again dominated the pommel horse, finishing with a score of 15.050, almost tying his school-record breaking performance from last weekend where he posted a 15.100 against William and Mary. The sophomore also had a strong showing on the parallel bars, where he tied for first overall with James Hennin (Auckland, New Zealand), both posting identical scores of 14.300.
Zirna was also the top finisher for Springfield on the floor routine with a 14.200 and the only all-around competitor for the Pride, finishing the meet with a score of 83.900, coming in second place to Jesse Glenn of Army, who finished the day with an 88.450.
Ponce excelled on the rings once again, finishing first overall with a score of 15.350, coming just shy of his own school-record of 15.400. Junior Pat Ryther (Boston, Mass.) finished second overall on the pommel horse, tying Glenn with a 14.700.
Hennin was Springfield’s top finisher on the high bars, posting a score of 14.250, while Tucker McClure (San Jose, Calif.) was the Pride’s top finisher on the vault, registering a 14.550.
Next Sunday, Springfield will once again serve as host for the New England Invitational Championships.