By Carley Crain
Sunday afternoon, when Springfield men’s gymnastics fell to Army, 378.150-371.600, marked the last time competing in Blake Arena for seven seniors. While there was no cheering crowd or in-person opponents, it was still a memorable and emotional day as Blake has become a second home for these seven gymnasts. Seniors now move on to their next endeavors post-gymnastics, carrying all the valuable memories they hold from their time on Alden Street.
“I was competing the whole time knowing this was my last time in Blake and it was bittersweet. It was fun to soak it in with all the other seniors,” said senior Trevor Lamberton.
The first event of the day was the floor exercise which was highlighted by first year Charlie Kramer’s 13.050 and sophomore Jakarie Williams’ 12.900. Army ended up winning the event with 65.100 points. The Pride was only two points behind as they finished with a 63.100.
Springfield then moved on to the pommel horse where freshman Joan Gomez placed second in the event scoring a 12.900. Army took the win earning a team score of 61.400 points.
The third event of the day was the still rings which was highlighted by junior Christian Wilkey Jr. and sophomore Dominic Ramahlo, who each scored 12.350 and 12.50 respectively.
The Pride’s strongest event of the year was up next, the vault. Senior John Murphy scored a season high, earning himself a 14.000. Junior Noah Candocia tied his season best in which he scored a 13.950. Springfield took the event win, slightly beating Army, 67.850-67.750.
Springfield then moved onto the parallel bars where the pride won its second event of the day, beating Army by less than one point, 62.150-62.000. Ramalho placed first overall as he scored a 13.200. Wilkey had another strong performance and earned a 12.750 overall score.
The last event of the meet was the horizontal bar. It was a close race from the start but Springfield prevailed and took the win with 59.850 points. Junior Kyle Lukaesko tied his season best of 12.700 and also tied for the highest score of the day on the horizontal bar. Williams also matched his season high of 12.550.
Despite the Pride winning three events, Army was still able to tally enough points for the win. The meet ended with recognizing the seven seniors and video chatting their families from afar.
“We have sort of been slowing things down at practice to try and work on some easier corrections and it started to show today,” said head coach Matt Davis. “ We keep looking to build each meet and I think overall we have been doing that.”
“This year has been tough and we have been putting in a lot of work which has sort of led to this,” said Lamberton. “Everyone did great today.”
Sunday’s meet marked the last home virtual meet for this season. The Pride will now move on to the postseason, starting with ECACs.
Photo courtesy of Joe Arruda