Navy notches highest score of year
Midshipmen win fourth consecutive meet against Army
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- No. 15 Navy posted its highest score of the season as the Midshipmen defeated 14th-ranked Army 327.1-319.0 on Saturday afternoon at Macdonough Hall. Navy retained the Star as the win was its fourth consecutive in the series.
"I think as a team it was a near-perfect meet for us," Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima said. "We had a couple guys miss in each event and we still have a lot to iron out because we just can't depend on the same guys stepping up in every meet.
"We trained hard these past two weeks -- we did more routines than we ever have before during those few days."
Army held a slight lead at 108.9-108.4 after the teams opened with the floor exercise and pommel horse. Navy outscored Army 55.3-54.5 in the floor exercise, and despite registering the top three scores on the pommel horse with Andrew Faulk (13.8), Alex Hoersten (13.6) and Chris Junghans (13.4), the Black Knights posted the high score in the event with a 55.0.
But the Mids then took over the meet as they outscored Army in each of the final four events, topping Black Knights in the rings (53.9-53.0), vault (57.0-55.5), horizontal bar (52.7-51.5) and parallel bars (54.1-49.5).
"It's always special when you compete against Army," Faulk said, who won the all-around with a total of 84.1. "I told the guys just to compete hard and focus on doing our best."
Faulk posted an event-high score of 14.3 in the high bar and tied teammate Brandon Tinkham for the high score in the parallel bars with a 13.7.
Tinkham finished second in the all-around with an 80.0, while Alex Ganz, Army's lone all-arounder, posted a 78.5.
Nate Gessner helped spur Navy's win as he posted the highest score of the day by any Mid with a 14.6 in the vault.