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Men's Gymnastics Begins Season At West Point Open

Men's Gymnastics Begins Season At West Point Open

West Point, N.Y. - January 12, 2017 - The Springfield College men's gymnastics team opened up the 2018 campaign competing at the West Point Open and finished fifth as a team.   The Pride totaled 369.250 points and had three individuals finish in the top six of the all-around competition.

Penn State captured its fifth straight title and 20th overall outpointing the field 406.85. Navy was second (395.05) followed by Army (380.35), the Tribe (378.30) and Springfield (369.25) in rounding out the collegiate field. 

Joshua Dieker (Oveida, Fla.) took third in the all-around with a 74.050, while Stephen Lewis (Baltimore, Md.) followed closely behind in fourth with a 73.700.  Chris Graff (Old Bridge, N.J.) also competed in the all-around and took sixth with a 73.200.

Graff was the Pride's top finisher on the floor exercise after totaling a 13.000, and also took the top score on the rings for Springfield after posting a 13.150.  Lewis and Dieker each notched 11.350's on the pommel horse, while Lewis was sensational on the vault and produced a 14.400.  Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.) had the Pride's best mark on the pommel horse after totaling a 13.300, and on the high bar, Phil Ordonez (Jacksonville, Fla.) was credited with a 12.650 to pace Springfield's efforts.

Individually, three Springfield College student-athletes qualified to compete in the individual sessions on Saturday.  Graff will represent the Pride on the rings, Lewis on the vault, and Haas on the parallel bars.