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Tribe Gymnastics Competes at James Madison

Harrisonburg, Va. - Sophomore Andy Hunter (Tallahasse, Fla.) led the College of William and Mary’s 13th-ranked men’s gymnastics squad on Saturday evening at James Madison by turning in a team season-best all-around score of 82.65, helping the College to a team mark of 322.95 in Harrisonburg.

Hunter, who was competing the all-around for the first time in his career, showed he has the potential to be a rising force in all six events for the College. His 82.65 total ranks as the school’s second-best all-around score since the NCAA made major scoring changes in the sport prior to the 2008 season. Hunter established season-best efforts on both the floor exercise (14.3) and ring (14.1) events. He had the team-high performance on both the pommel horse (13.55) and rings.

Junior all-arounder Derek Gygax (Stevensville, Md.) finished right on Holmes’ heels in the all-around, as his six-event total of 82.15 took second-place overall on the evening. Gygax posted the squad’s top scores in three events (vault – 14.7; parallel bars – 14.25; and high bar – 13.8), with his P-Bar score counting as his personal-season best. All six of his team scores counted toward the team total. For the season, the remarkably consistent Gygax has had 22 of his 24 routines count towards the team total.

Junior Josh Fried (Gywnedd Valley, Pa.) has the team, and meet, high scores on both the floor (14.65) and vault (14.7) events, making it three times in four events on the year that he has posted team-best scores on his respective specialty events.

With the services of senior strength specialist James Prim not available for the evening, a pair of freshman in Stephen Deutsch (Glenview, Ill.) and Jonathan Prohov (Wimette, Ill.) was able to step up and provide solid depth. Deutsch set a per-sonal best on the rings, scoring a 13.35 and finishing second overall on the squad, while Prohov’s personal-best mark of 12.75 on the pommel placed him third overall on the squad.

The Tribe also received strong performances from the sophomore duo of Matt Olesiak (Califon, N.J.) and Matt Holmes (Campbell, Calif.) who each turned in career-best performances on the rings and parallel bars. Olesiak’s marks of 13.95 (rings) and 13.85 (P-Bars) were each the squad’s second-best performances on the evening, while Holmes marks of 13.1 (rings) and 12.85 (P-Bars) each counted towards the team’s total.

The College will be back in action next Saturday (February 28), when it travels to Annapolis for a tri-meet against hosting Navy and Springfield College. The event is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

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