By Carley Crain
The men’s gymnastics team hosted a dual meet on Sunday afternoon in Blake Arena and fell short to Navy. The competition was close all day, however, as the overall final score came down to the last event.
“This was a big stepping stone towards achieving what we know we are capable of, which is qualifying for NCAAs as a team,” said junior Billy Welsby. “While we fell short to Navy, we still had our highest team score of the season and hit 28/30 of our routines, which is a remarkable improvement from our previous meets.”
The Pride started out on the floor exercise, which was one of their best events of the meet. They took an early five-point lead, as four athletes had scores over 13.00. Sophomore Jakarie Williams won the event, as he scored a new career-best of 13.500.
Up next was the pommel horse, and sophomore Juan Gomez was the highest finisher for the Pride. His score of 13.500 was good enough for second place overall.
Sophomores were the stars of the show on Sunday afternoon, as once again David Handron led the way on the still rings, with his solid score of 13.100. After the first three events, Springfield was up five points over Navy.
The vault was the next event for the Pride, which has also been one of their strongest rotations all season. Junior Dominic Ramalho delivered a 14.250. William’s had the second-highest vault score, as he contributed an even 14.00.
On the parallel bars, Ramalho once again scored the highest for the Pride as he came away with a 12.800.
The meet came down to the horizontal bar, which was the last event of the day. Navy outscored the Pride by 6.5 points, which was enough to take the win. Springfield’s highest scorer for the event was Senior Kyle Lukaesko. He came away with a 12.800 final score for the bars.
“This is the closest we have come to beating Navy in years, and days like this only make us more determined to further climb our way up in the rankings as the season progresses,” said Welsby.
The Pride will hit the road next weekend for a matchup against William and Mary.
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