Annapolis, Md. - March 29, 2019 - The Springfield College men's gymnastics team put together one of their best performances of the year and finished fifth in the team portion of the USAG Collegiate Championships on Friday afternoon at the Naval Academy.
The host Midshipmen outdistanced the field with a winning score of 400.700, while Air Force had its streak of nine-straight titles snapped by taking second with a 384.800. William & Mary finished third with a 384.500, Army placed fourth with a 383.200, while Springfield posted a 377.050 to round out the varsity field.
Springfield had a pair of All-America honors in the all-around competition as Stephen Lewis (Baltimore, Md.) scored a 75.900 to finished third, while Trevor Lamberton (Willow Spring, N.C.) took fourth with a 73.950.
Opening up the day on the rings, the Pride put together a rotational score of 63.900 as Nick Cramer (Lincoln, Neb.) totaled a team-best mark of 12.950 and John Rowbotham (Tyngsboro, Mass.) closely followed with a 12.900.
On the vault, Springfield had a tremendous showing, earning a 67.900 with Lewis hitting a 14.250, for the third-highest score of the meet. John Murphy (Hilo, Hawaii) was the Pride's next-highest scorer as he finished with a 13.800.
Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.) again had Springfield's best mark on the parallel bars as he was credited with a 13.050, while Lewis turned in a 13.050 as Springfield scored a 62.150. Moving to the high bar, the Pride managed to score a 59.450, with Kyle Lukaesko (Connellsville, Pa.) pacing Springfield with a 12.800 and Haas adding a 12.400. On the floor exercise, Springfield regrouped with a 64.00 and Murphy registered a 13.100 and Lamberton recorded a 13.050. In their final rotation of the day, the pommel horse, Jack Vollo (Rochester, N.Y.) was credited with a 12.500 to finish in seventh place and Cramer tacked on a 12.150.
The individual event finals of the USAG Collegiate Championships will take place on Saturday at 2:00 pm, as the the top eight finishers from each event (combined Divisions, with no more than two gymnasts per program) will compete for individual USAG titles.
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