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Tribe Menís Gymnastics Squad Competes at Navy Open

Annapolis, Md. - The College of William and Maryís menís gymnastics squad opened up its 2010 schedule this afternoon at the Navy Open, posting a team score of 323.7, finishing third in the five-team field at the United States Naval Academy.

The event marked the start of Tribe Head Coach Cliff Gauthierís 37th season at the helm of the Collegeís program. His team comes into the year having made five appearances at the NCAA Championships since 2002 and the challenge for this seasonís youth-dominated squad will be steady development every time out.

Saturday, despite being challenged to field a full six-performer line-up on each event due to injuries, senior co-captain Derek Gygax (Stevensville, Md.) led the strong effort by posting a good early season all-around score of 81.25. The six-event total ranked him fifth overall at the event. His best individual finish came on the parallel bars, where he tied for third overall with a mark of 14.20. Gygax also placed in the top five on the parallel bars, where he posted a score of 13.55, which was good for fifth place.

The teamís second-highest individual scorer was junior transfer student Dave Ellis (Braintree, Mass.), who was making his debut in the Collegeís line-up. Ellis put together a five-event total of 67.250, with all five of his marks counting towards the team score. His best individual finish was on the vault, which saw him place third with a mark of 15.450.

Sophomore Jonathan Prohov (Wilmette, Ill.) had the teamís top individual finish at the meet, placing second on the pommel with a mark of 13.55. Senior Josh Fried (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) started his year off on a solid note, by placing third on the floor exercise, with a mark of 14.10. Freshman Vince Smurro (Manalapan, N.J.) also gave a good accounting of himself, as he cracked the top seven in both the floor exercise (13.900, sixth-place) and pommel horse (12.850, seventh). Fellow freshman Kris Yeager (Lake Oswego, Ore.) rounded out the Tribe performers in the top seven, as he finished sixth on the parallel bar with a score of 13.50.

The Tribeís next competition will come next Sunday, when the team travels to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions.

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