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William and Mary Men's Gymnastics Finish Second at USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Competing in a five-team field, the College of William & Mary’s 15th-ranked men’s gymnastics squad used an outstanding individual performance from senior team-captain Derek Gygax (Stevensville, Md.) Friday evening during the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships, to finish second to hosting Air Force Academy, posting a solid team score of 335.15. The 12th-ranked Falcons won the event with a team score of 342.35, while Springfield College placed third (329.35, Navy (327.450) finished fourth and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (247.250) rounded out the field in fifth.

The Tribe (10-6 on the year) has now finished among the top three at the event every season since the first USAG Collegiate Championship was held in 1994. The team has claimed the title a record 13 times during the span.

One individual event champion was named on the evening, as Gygax turned in what arguably could be called his best meet of the season, as he claimed his second-consecutive USAG Collegiate National title by winning the all-around with a personal season best six-event total of 85.450. Gygax is just the fourth Tribe gymnast to collect the all-around title at the event, and the only one since Ramon Jackson brought home the second of his two-consecutive USAG Collegiate all-around golds in 2006.

While team crown was awarded this evening, eight gymnasts in each event advanced to tomorrow’s individual event finals (starting at 8pm EST). The top six in each event will earn the USA Gymnastics Collegiate All-American honors.

Gygax will be appearing in five of the six event finals tomorrow, as he set season-bests in both the floor exercise (14.45) and pommel horse (14.65) and qualified fourth and second, respectively. He also had the second-highest qualifying score on the pommel horse (14.20), tied for fourth on the high bar and tied for eighth on high bar (13.70).

He is one of three gymnasts who will be competing in multiple events tomorrow, as sophomore Stephen Deutsch (Springville, Ill.) and freshman Vince Smuorro (Manalapan, N.J.) each will move on in two events. Deutsch will represent the College in both the pommel horse (14.20) and rings (13.80), while Deutsch will compete on both the parallel bars (14.20) and high bar (13.55).

Other individual qualifiers for the College included junior Andy Hunter (Tallahassee, Fla.) on the floor exercise (14.250) and freshman pommel horse competitors, Futa Ikeda (14.00) and Kris Yeager (13.90).

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