By Carley Crain
The Springfield College men’s gymnastics team competed in its first virtual meet of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the University of California-Berkeley. Despite being virtual, energy and team spirits were high since this was the first time the Pride competed in almost a year. UC-Berkeley took the win with 386.900 points compared to Springfield’s 369.950.
“It was exciting just to get back into somewhat of a competitive atmosphere. The guys were hyped all week and then they got loud once a routine was going,” said head coach Matt Davis. “It’s been about a year since everything happened and it’s exciting to see the routines we have.”
The first event of the afternoon was the floor exercise. Sophomore Dominic Ramalho came away with a 12.700, the highest score of the day for the Pride on the floor. He was followed by senior Trevor Lamberton who scored a 12.500 and first-year Charles Kramer with a 12.200.
The Pride then moved on to the second event of the day, the pommel horse. First-years continued to impress in their first collegiate meet with Colton O’Brien leading the Pride scoring a 13.050 and Juan Gomez with a 11.650. Lamberton continued his strong season-opener scoring a 11.600 and senior Jack Vollo placed second for the Pride with a 12.250.
The next event of the day was the rings, which was led by sophomore Dominic Ramalho and first-year David Handron who each scored a 12.750 and a 12.550, respectively. Once again for the Pride, an event’s highest scorers were underclassmen.
The strongest event for the Pride was the vault, where five gymnasts had a score over 13, contributing to a team score of 68.05. First-year Charles Kramer came away with the highest score of the day with a 13.950, adding to his strong college debut. Junior Noah Candocia opened his season with the next best score of 13.850.
The Pride continued on with the parallel bars, and was once again led by first-year David Handron and Trevor Lamberton who each scored a 12.500 and a 12.45.
“We got to see a ton of freshmen compete for the first time as well as seeing who can handle the pressure and who can’t,” said junior Christian Walkey Jr. “It was good to see the new guys in the lineup and see what they could do.”
The last event of the day was the single bar where a mix of first-year’s and upperclassmen scored the highest. First-year Dane Cramer came away with a 12.000 and junior Alexander Fitzgerald finished just ahead with a 12.100.
The Pride ended the day with a final score of 369.950 for it’s first virtual meet in program history. This Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Springfield will compete again virtually against Army.
Photo courtesy of Jack Margaros