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Ponce Repeats at ECAC Rings Champion



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Springfield, Mass. -- April 6, 2013 -- Neal Courter of William & Mary was the big winner by capturing two of the ECAC-EIGL men's gymnastics individual championships tonight at Springfield College's Blake Arena. Ryan Ponce of Springfield College took the still rings to win one for the hosts.

Courter, a freshman from Baton Rouge, La., was tremendous during the evening by winning the floor exercise with a score of 15.150, and the vault by the identical score. He also placed seventh in the high bar with a score of 13.200.

A total of 10 individuals, each of whom qualified last night, competed in the six individual events -- the floor exercise, the vault, the pommel horse, the parallel bars, the high bar, and the still rings.

The Tribe of William & Mary won three of those events -- two by Courter. Also winning for W&M was junior Landon Funiciello (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) in the parallel bars with a score of 14.550.

As mentioned, junior Ryan Ponce (Tolland, Conn.) of Springfield College claimed his specialty, the rings, with a score of 15.750 -- the high score of the night. It was his second such victory in two years. In fact, it has been nearly 30 years since a Springfield College gymnast has been a repeat ECAC-EIGL winner. The last to do so was Jeff Coehlo, also in the still rings, in 1984 and 1985.

The two other winners of the evening were senior Garrek Hojan-Clark of Army in the pommel horse with a score of 15.000, and junior Joseph Hodges of the University of Illinois-Chicago in the high bar with a score of 14.100.

Last night, Temple University earned the team crown, and sharing the all-around championship were junior Kip Webber (Boxborough, Mass.) of Army and junior Daniel Potemski (Round Rock, Tex.) of William & Mary.

For Springfield this evening, senior Chris Jost (Ashland, Mass.) placed fourth in the floor exercise at 14.550. He also finished in ninth place in the vault with a score of 14.100. Senior Jimmy Pezzino (Buffalo, N.Y.) tied for sixth (14.400) in the vault. Freshman Jon Zirna (Buffalo, N.Y.), with a score of 14.200, placed third in the pommel horse, while sophomore Pat Ryther (Boston, Mass.), at 13.800, finished fifth in the same event.

In the parallel bars, senior Kevin Miner (Canton, Conn.) placed sixth (13.500) in the parallel bars, while Ponce took eighth (12.750).

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