By Carley Crain
The Springfield men’s gymnastics team competed in their fourth virtual meet of the season against Stanford University Friday afternoon in Dana Gymnasium. This meet marked the first time this year where only 5 gymnasts were allowed to compete per event instead of 6. Stanford took the win with 403.500 points compared to Springfield’s 368.150.
“I think we kind of got in our heads a little bit today. We definitely could have put better stuff out there,” said sophomore Dominic Ramalho. “We are still early in the season and these next weeks we are definitely going to get better.”
Head Coach Matt Davis added; “We were being really realistic with how much training we got in from the last meet. We were only in the gym for two days. So, we are trying to fix some things and it was not a lot of time to work on things which we are looking forward to in the next week.”
The first event for the Pride was the floor exercise, which was highlighted by first-year Charlie Kramer’s 12.250, despite a fall. Ramalho also scored a strong opener with a 12.650. The Pride totaled a team score of 59.950 on the floor compared to Stanford’s 64.300.
Springfield then moved on to the pommel horse which was once again led by first-year Colton O’Brien. He has been named the ECAC gymnast of the week 2 times in a row and scored a season-high of 13.400. First-year Juan Gomez was the next highest scorer for the Pride earning himself a 12.400.
The third event of the day was the still rings where Gomez contributed another strong performance, scoring a 12.450. Senior Trevor Lamberton, Ramahlo, and senior John Rowbotham all tied earning a 12.300.
The vault, which has been one of the Pride’s better events this season, was the next event of the afternoon. Three gymnasts scored season highs including Junior Noah Candocia earning himself a 13.950, Ramahlo with his 14.250, and senior John Murphy’s 13.800.
The Pride then moved on to the parallel bars where once again all around specialist Ramalho contributed a strong score of 13.250. The next highest scorer for the Pride was Christian Wilkey Jr, as he earned himself a 12.600.
The last event of the day was the horizontal bar. In his season opener, sophomore Jakarie Williams scored a solid 12.550 as well as Junior Kyle Lukaesko earning a season high of 12.700.
“This was the first time we had five up five count this year which means every score counts and the pressure, even though they may not realize it, was more there,” said Davis,
Despite some falls, the Pride came away with several new season highs and have two weeks to prepare for their next virtual meet against Navy on March 20.
Photo courtesy of Jack Margaros