By Carley Crain
The Springfield College mens gymnastics team competed in its second virtual meet of the season against Army on Saturday afternoon in Dana Gymnasium. Army took a narrow win with 377 points compared to Springfield’s 370.400. Most events were separated by only a few points. With little preparation time from the last meet, the Pride continued to show their strength and versatility across all grade levels.
“I think the meet went as best as it could have. We had only one day between our last competition to really slow down and fix some things, said head coach Matt Davis. “I think we had a better meet even if the score did not show it.”
The Pride first competed in the floor exercise, where All-American John Murphy made his season debut. Sophomore Dominic Ramalho was the highest scorer for the Pride with a 12.750, followed by junior Noah Candocia’s 12.150 and first-year Charlie Kramer’s 12.050.
Up next for the Pride was the pommel horse, which was one of their best events of the day. First-year Colton O’Brien took the win with a score of 13.250. Senior Collin Maberry had the second best score for the Pride with a 12.150, and first-year Dane Cramer was not too far behind with a 12.000 – all contributing to a team score of 60.850.
“I think the energy today was way better than Wednesday. If we keep it going up from there I think we will see a lot of improvements. Energy is key,” said O’Brien.
The third event the Pride competed in was the rings where, yet again, a first-year student scored the highest for the Pride. David Handron finished third overall with a score of 12.700. Senior John Rowbotham finished close behind with a 12.200 as well as first-year Juan Gomez with a 12.150.
The Pride then moved on to the vault, which continues to be their most successful event. The Pride had a team score of 67.050 and only missed winning the event by .45 of a point. Dominic Ramalho yet again was the Pride’s highest scorer with his 13.750. Four other Springfield gymnasts scored over 13.0 including seniors Trevor Lamberton (13.100), John Murphy (13.600), first-year Charlie Kramer (13.350), and junior Noah Candocia. (13.250)
The Pride then moved on to the parallel bars where Dominic Ramalho continued his impressive all around performance scoring a 13.200. Senior Collin Maberry scored the next highest with a 12.550, followed by first-year Charlie Kramer with a 12.350.
The last event of the day was the single bar which was led by first-year David Handron’s 12.150. Junior Kyle Lukaesko finished close behind with a 11.950.
In its next meet, the Pride will compete virtually against William and Mary on Feb. 28th at 3:00 p.m.
Photo: Jack Margaros/The Student