Men's Gymnastics Falls To Army In Posner's Final Meet in Blake

Men's Gymnastics Falls To Army In Posner's Final Meet in Blake

Springfield, Mass. - March 12, 2017 - The Springfield College men's gymnastics team was defeated by Army, 395.300-387.450, on Sunday afternoon in the final home meet in Blake Arena for head coach Steve Posner. 

Posner announced at the beginning of the season that he would retired at the conclusion of the 2017 campaign, his 35th season at the helm of one of the most storied collegiate men's gymnastics programs in the nation.  Under his direction the last 35 years, the Springfield College men's gymnastics program has had had a great deal of success, producing 165 All-America honors and 23 National Champions.

Springfield's Chris Graff (Old Bridge, N.J.) finished first in the all-around competition with a career-best score of 80.200, while teammate Stephen Lewis (Baltimore, Md.) scored a 76.500.

Lewis produced the top-score of the day on the floor exercise, posting a career-high 13.650, and Graff's mark of 13.200 was good enough for third place.  Lewis also had Springfield's top score on the vault with 14.000.

On the pommel horse, it was Graff that delivered a first-place performance as he was credited with a 13.900.  Nick Cramer (Lincoln, Neb.) added a 13.100 on the event.  Additionally, Graff led Springfield on the parallel bars with a 13.150.

The Pride had the top two scores on the rings, as Joshua Dieker (Oveida, Fla.) notched the best mark with a 14.050, closely followed by Graff's score of 13.900.  On the high bar, Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.) continued his strong sophomore season with a 13.150 for the hosts.  

Springfield will now prepare for the 2017 USAG Championships, which will take place March 24-25, at the University of Washington in Seattle.