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Tribe Places Second in Season-Opening Event

Annapolis, Md. - The William and Mary menís gymnastics squad opened its 2009 campaign with a strong second-place finish at the six-team Navy Open hosted Saturday afternoon at the Midshipmenís Macdonough Hall.

The Tibeís team score of 327.75 was bettered only by hosting Navyís cumulative total of 332.50. Temple University finished in third place with a score of 326.35, while Springfield College rounded out the top four with 324.15 point total.

Junior Derek Gygax (Stevensville, Md.) led the way individually for the College, by collecting an all-around total of 82.35 points on the evening, the meetís second-highest six-event score. His best single performance was a first-place tie on the pommel horse with a mark of 14.10.

Overall, the Tribeís best event as a team came on the pommel horse, where Gygax tied teammate, senior Richard Pearson (Baton Rouge, La.), for the top spot. Sophomore Andy Hunter (Tallahassee, Fla.) rounded out the top three, with a mark of 13.70.

Junior Josh Fried (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) also collected a meet high, as he set a significant personal record on the floor exercise with an outstanding early season mark of 15.00 (his previous best was 14.40). Sophomore Chris Valeska (Wex-ford, Pa.) finished third on the same event, as he also established a personal record with a mar of 14.65.

Senior James Prim was fourth overall on the parallel bars, swinging to a mark of 13.55.

As a team, the Tribe turned in top three finishes on just the two events (PH, FX), but were solid in nearly every event and used the total team effort to power the second-place finish.

The Collegeís next action will come in two weekends, when it hosts the State Open. The event will start at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8th.

Team Scores
1. NAVY
2. W&M
3. Temple
4. Air Force,
5. Springfield College
6. M.I.T.

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