WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 4, 2012) - The William and Mary men's gymnastics team defeated Navy, 326.1 - 319.6, at Kaplan Arena on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to posting its second-best overall team score of the season, W&M earned a season high on floor and equaled season bests on pommel horse and rings.
En route to recording a season-high team score of 55.4 on floor, sophomore Daniel Potemski registered a 14.2 to win the individual title in the event. Sophomore Landon Funiciello also came up big with a season-best 14.0 to tie for second among all competitors. Also contributing to the team score was junior Matt Burns, who equaled a season high (13.9), and freshman Michael Deitz, who tallied a career-best 13.3.
Potemski led the Tribe on pommel horse with a 14.1 to place second overall and helped the team equal its best mark of the season in the event (53.1). Junior Futa Ikeda also posted an impressive performance and nearly equaled a season high with a 13.3.
As it did on pommel horse, the College equaled its best score of the year on rings. Potemski narrowly missed matching his career high with a 14.1 and was the team's top scorer in the event, while freshman J.J. Jindra and senior Steve Deutsch both totaled a 13.9. The score represented a career high for Jindra.
Potemski led the Tribe on vault and placed second overall with a 14.3, while senior Dan Melzar's 13.9 also helped W&M earn a team total of 54.8.
In the fifth rotation of the afternoon, the College earned a 53.7 on parallel bars. Potemski led the squad and tied for second among all competitors with a 13.8, while Jindra and sophomore Sam Patterson both notched a 13.5.
W&M closed the meet on high bar and was led by Jindra's career-high 13.7, which tied for first overall. Potemski also contributed to the team total with a 13.6.
Potemski nearly equaled the best all-around score of his career with an 84.1, as his mark led the team and placed second overall. Jindra and Ikeda also competed in all six events and established career highs with an 80.3 and a 79.3, respectively.
W&M will hit the road for a pair of meets next weekend, as it competes at Brockport on Friday and Springfield on Sunday. The Tribe will then return home the following week for home meets against Army (March 15) and Temple and Army (March 17).