Colorado Springs, Colo. - March 30, 2018 - In the opening night of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships hosted by the Air Force Academy, the Springfield College men's gymnastics team had a pair of student-athletes earn All-America honors in the all-around competition as it placed fourth as a team.
The host Air Force Falcons registered a 396.400 to win its ninth consecutive varsity team title, as it bested William and Mary (second, 388.750), Navy (third, 388.700) and Springfield (fourth, 371.900) in the Varsity field. Arizona State scored a 393.350 to win the Club Division title, followed by Washington (370.700), SC United (336.500), Temple (154.750) and NorCal United (107.300).
Stephen Lewis (Baltimore, Md.) was the national runner-up in the all-around competition as he scored a 75.900, while Joshua Dieker (Oviedo, Fla.) finished fourth with a 74.850 as they each took home All-America recognition.
On the floor exercise, Trevor Lamberton (Willow Spring, N.C.) scored a team-best 12.900, while Sean Turtle (East Amherst, N.Y.) totaled a 12.400 and Dieker followed with a 12.350. On pommel horse, Lewis delivered a 12.400, and on the rings, Dieker hit for a 13.100 to finish tied for eighth, while Lewis tallied a 12.850, edging teammate John Rowbotham (Tyngsboro, Mass.), who notched a 12.800.
Of the 42 student-athletes who competed in the vault, Lewis registered the highest score with a 14.550, followed by Alex Campagnone's (Johnston, R.I.) score of 14.000 and Dieker's mark of 13.900. On the parallel bars, Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.) was credited with a 13.500, the fifth-best score of the night, to pace Springfield, while both Mike Grimaldi (Middletown, N.J.) and Phil Ordonez (Jacksonville, Fla.) each earned 12.900's.
Haas also led Springfield on the horizonal bar, taking seventh with a 12.750, as Ordonez also added a 12.550, and Lewis a 12.000.
The individual event finals of the USAG Collegiate Championships will take place on Saturday at 4:00 pm EST, 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.
Dieker will represent Springfield on the rings, Lewis will be on the vault, while Haas will compete on both the parallel bars and horizontal bar.