ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 26, 2012) - The William and Mary men's gymnastics team earned its best score of the season but was edged by Navy, 329.9 - 328.6, on Sunday afternoon in Annapolis, Md.
In addition to recording its best overall score of the year, W&M also posted season highs on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar, while it equaled its best mark on vault.
Individually, sophomore Daniel Potemski won the vault title and tied for the best score on parallel bars. Additionally, he recorded the team's best mark in five of the six events and was the squad's top all-arounder.
W&M opened the meet on floor and was led by Potemski's 14.1, while junior Futa Ikeda's career-best 13.9 also contributed to the team's total of 54.3.
Four Tribe gymnasts established season or career highs on pommel horse en route to helping the team earn a season-best 53.1 in the event. Freshman Peter Ten Eyck led the squad with a career-high 13.9, while senior Steve Deutsch tallied a season-best 13.4.
Potemski equaled a career high on rings with a 14.2, and freshman J.J. Jindra placed second on the squad with a career-best 13.7 en route to helping the College earn a 54.7 in the event.
W&M's 56.6 equaled a season high on vault, as five gymnasts set or equaled season or career highs. Potemski's season-best 14.8 (career high if adjusted for 2012 start value reduction) was the team's top mark, while freshman Michael Deitz equaled a career high with a 14.2.
Potemski's 13.9 tied for the meet's best score on parallel bars and helped the Tribe earn a season-high 54.9 in the event. Junior Kris Yeager also contributed with a season-best 13.8, while Jindra recorded a 13.7 in his first appearance in the event as a collegiate competitor.
The College closed out the meet on high bar where it established another season best (55.0), as all five W&M gymnasts who competed set season or career highs. Potemski's season-best 14.0 led the way, while Deitz's career-high 13.8 was the squad's second-best mark.
Potemski established a season-high 84.2 in all-around, while Jindra earned a 79.4 in his first time competing as an all-arounder. Ikeda also performed well and recorded a career-best 78.5.
The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Navy next Sunday at 3 p.m.