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William and Mary Men’s Gymnastics Places Third at ECAC Championships

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The College of William and Mary’s 12th-ranked men’s gymnastics squad put together a solid performance at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, finishing third in the seven team field with a team score of 338.45 on Friday evening at the event hosted by the United States Military Academy.

While the College’s team score was its second-best total of the season, 11th-ranked University of Illinois-Chicago and the United States Naval Academy were just a bit better on the evening, finishing first and second, respectively with scores of 341.05 and 340.20. While UIC had a fairly firm grip on the team title entering the final rotation of the evening, a great deal of suspense remained for second, as the Tribe and 13th-ranked Midshipmen were neck-in-neck for qualifying for the NCAA Championship field (which takes the top 12 team scores, as determined by an average of a combination of five team scores from the season). When all the chalk had settled, Navy had just barely done enough to overcome its slim deficit entering the meet and wound up claiming the 12th spot in the NCAA field by just 1.2 points.

Temple University claimed fourth at the evening (338.10), while Springfield College was sixth with a cumulative score of 333.35. Hosting Army (318.35) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (316.70) rounded out the field, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively.

Individually, the College will be well represented in tomorrow’s individual event finals, as a total of seven student-athletes will compete for All-East honors. The top eight individual scores from this evening’s competition advanced, while the top six during tomorrow’s action will earn the All-East recognition. Junior all-arounder Derek Gygax (Stevensville, Md.) will compete on a team-high three events tomorrow (floor exercise, parallel bars and high bar), while seniors Jay Hilbun (San Antonio, Texas) and James Prim (Hendersonville, N.C.) and sophomore Andy Hunter (Tallahasse, Fla.) will each contest on a pair of events. Hilbun qualified for both the floor exercise and high bar, while Hunter will compete on the pommel horse and parallel bars. Prim will look to defend his ECAC Championship on the rings and will also challenge for All-East honors on the pommel. Senior Sloan Crawford (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) and Josh Fried (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) qualified for the high bar and floor exercise, respectively.

The action will start at 6pm.

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