COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 30, 2012) - The William and Mary men's gymnastics team earned its best score of the season and placed second at the USAG Collegiate Championships hosted by Air Force on Friday evening.
Air Force claimed the varsity division team title with a 341.05, while the Tribe posted a 331.85 to earn runner up honors. Navy placed third with a 326.9, and Springfield was fourth with a 324.35.
Arizona State claimed the collegiate division title with a 328.6 and was followed by Brockport (289.9) and Washington (287.45).
Freshman J.J. Jindra, sophomore Daniel Potemski and junior Futa Ikeda highlighted the College's individual performances and earned All-America honors in all-around. Jindra placed second with an 82.2, while Potemski (81.6) and Ikeda (79.25) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
W&M opened the meet on floor and registered a season-high 56.6. Potemski led the Tribe by tying for third with a 14.4 - a figure that matched his best score of the season. Junior Matt Burns also qualified for Saturday's individual floor final by placing fifth with a career-high 14.35, while freshman Michael Deitz contributed to the impressive team total with a career-best 14.0.
The Tribe then moved to pommel horse and recorded a 54.0. Potemski and senior Steve Deutsch both qualified for the individual event finals with a 13.85 and a 13.6, respectively. Potemski's mark tied for the third-best score of the evening in the event.
In the third rotation of the competition, W&M matched its season high on rings with a 56.7. Deutsch posted a career-high 14.4 to place sixth, while Ikeda tallied a career-best 14.2 to also advance to the event final on Saturday.
Potemski tied for second on vault with a 14.5 to help the College post a 55.35. Senior Dan Melzar also came up big in the event and earned a 13.7.
Junior Kris Yeager and Ikeda both finished among the top five on parallel bars with a 14.05 and a 13.85, respectively. Yeager's mark represented a season high and helped the squad tally a 55.25.
W&M finished the meet on high bar and was led by Jindra's career-best 13.85. En route to qualifying for the event final, Jindra helped the team post a 53.95.
The USAG Collegiate Championship individual event finals will get underway on Saturday at 5 p.m. (MST).