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William and Mary Men’s Gymnastics Completes Successful Weekend at USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - One day removed from earning its 13th USA Gymnastics Collegiate team title, the College of William and Mary’s 12th-ranked men’s gymnastics squad continued to collect pre-cious hardware during the individual portion of the competition contested on Saturday evening in Kaplan Arena.

Prior to the event action, the USA Gymnastics organization handed out individual awards, with William and Mary Head Coach Cliff Gauthier being recognized as the USAG Varsity Coach of the Year. Gauthier has now been recognized with the honor a record 11 times. The USAG Collegiate Coach of the Year was the University of Washington’s Mark Russo. The USAG also recognized the assistants of both Springfield College (Greg Monaco, Gary Leonis, Matt Davis) and the University of Washington (Eugene Burton-Breazeal and Jeff Crockett) as the Varsity and Collegiate Assistant Coaches of the Year, respectively.

Air Force’s Jacob Schonig was named as the USAG Senior Varsity Athlete of the Year, while James Madison’s Stirling Van Winkle was named as the USAG Senior Club Athlete of the Year.

Each event eight standout athletes from last evening’s competition. The top six on each earned the distinction of USAG Collegiate All-American.

Tribe senior Richard Pearson (Baton Rouge, La.) claimed his first career USAG Collegiate National Champion-ship, by swinging to a meet-high mark of 13.80. Fellow senior James Prim (Hendersonville, N.C.) claimed the first of what would be three USAG Collegiate All-American honors on the evening by turning in a silver performance on the event with a mark of 13.60.

Junior Josh Fried (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) was the lone competitor from the College to pick up USAG honors on the floor, as he finished third overall with a score of 14.30. Navy’s Dylan Parrott won the event with a score of 14.800.

Schonig claimed the gold medal on the rings, scoring a 15.50, while Prim put together his second USAG All-American effort by muscling a bronze medal performance, scoring a 14.60.

Springfield’s Ty Evans was the top vaulter on the evening, scoring a 15.30. Tribe junior Derek Gygax (Stevensville, Md.) collected his second USAG All-America honor of the week by placing fifth on the vault with a score of 14.95. Gygax was crowned the meet’s all-around champion after Friday’s competition, earning him his first career USAG Collegiate title.

Prim had the golden touch on what was his last career performance in Kaplan Arena when he flowed to the meet’s best mark on the parallel bars, scoring a 13.95 and giving him his first career USAG Collegiate National Title. Sophomore Andy Hunter (Tallahassee, Fla.) collected the All-American designation as well, by placing sixth on the event, with a score of 13.15.

Senior Jay Hilbun also earned a medal on his last routine inside Kaplan Arena, as he finished second on the high bar to Navy’s Joe Atzenbeck (14.20), posting a score of 13.85. Gygax rounded out the Tribe honorees on the evening, as he finished fifth on the high bar (13.65) and gathered his third total USAG Collegiate All-American honor at the event.

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