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Tribe Men’s Gymnastics Marches to Win over Army and Navy

Annapolis, Md. - The College of William and Mary’s 14th-ranked men’s gymnastics squad put together a season-best team score of 329.55 and captured a tri-meet at the United States Naval Academy on Sunday afternoon.

The Tribe easily outdistanced second-place (and 15th-ranked) Army, 325.25, and hosting Navy, 319.40. The victory moves the College’s season record to 5-2.

Senior all-arounder and team-captain Derek Gygax (Stevensville, Md.) once again led the squad in team points, as he counted towards the Tribe’s total in all six events. Gygax collected a meet- and personal-season best all-around total of 82.70. His top individual event was the parallel bars, where he turned in a personal-season best mark of 14.05, which placed him first overall. He also placed fourth in the high bar (13.40) and fifth overall on the floor exercise (14.30).

Gygax’s was not alone in excelling on the parallel bars, as the team placed three total scores in the meet’s top eight. Even more impressive was the fact that all three of the Tribe’s top individual scores on the parallel bars placed in the school’s all-time Top 10; as Gygax’s mark of 14.05 ranked seventh; junior Alex Egerter (Sacramento, Calif.), 13.75 is eighth and freshman Kris Yeager’s (Lake Oswego, Ore.) mark of 13.60 puts him ninth in the Tribe’s record book.

While on the subject of the record books, freshman Vince Smurro (Manalapan, N.J.) had what was perhaps the best individual effort of the day for the College, as he posted the meet’s top effort on the floor exercise, posting a personal-best mark of 14.95. The outstanding performance puts him in third-place on the school’s all-time Top 10. Smurro also had a standout routine on the high bar, as he placed third overall with a personal-best score of 13.70. The mark places him ninth in the College’s all-time Top 10 for the event.

Senior floor standout Josh Fried (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) flowed to a mark of 14.55 that placed him third overall.

Juniors Dave Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) and Andy Hunter (Tallahasse, Fla.) each had solid afternoons for the squad as well. Ellis turned in a second-place effort on the high bar with a mark of 14.05, while Hunter finished right on his heels with a score of 13.80. Ellis was third overall on the vault, as he flipped to a score of 15.15, while Hunter led the team, and was fourth overall at the event, on the pommel horse with a mark of 12.95.

The College will return to action in two-weeks from Sunday, as it will host the Midshipmen in Kaplan Arena for a dual meet on March 7th. The event is scheduled for a 3 pm start.

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