WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Jan. 12, 2014)—The William and Mary men’s gymnastics team opened its 2014 season with a good showing at the State Open at Kaplan Arena on Sunday afternoon, as four Tribe gymnasts combined to claim six individual event titles.
Senior Landon Funiciello broke his own school record on rings (15.7) and won two events (rings, parallel bars), while sophomore Neal Courter also claimed two event titles (vault, high bar). Senior Daniel Potemski (floor) and junior Jason Wang (pommel horse) both earned the top score in one event apiece.
The Tribe opened the meet on floor where Potemski won the event title with a 14.4, while junior J.J. Jindra placed third with a 13.65.
W&M then moved to pommel horse, as Wang won the event by equaling his career high (14.2). Junior Peter Ten Eyck (13.85) and Potemski (13.65) rounded out the top three.
Funiciello’s school-record performance highlighted the College’s effort on rings, while Potemski and senior Sam Patterson tied for second with a pair of 13.8’s.
Courter (14.7) narrowly edged Potemski (14.65) for the vault title, while junior Michael Deitz placed third with a 14.25.
Funiciello won his second event of the afternoon on parallel bars with a 14.4. Patterson (14.1) and Potemski (13.95) placed second and third, respectively.
The Tribe closed the season-opening meet on high bar where Courter earned the title with a 14.1. Deitz (13.8) and Jindra (13.7) rounded out the top three.
Potemski won the all-around title with an 83.95, while Jindra placed second with an 80.8.
In addition to W&M, the other teams represented in this year’s State Open were James Madison, Apollo Gymnastics and Youth Sports, as well as unattached former Tribe standouts Dave Ellis, Derek Gygax, James Prim and Kyle Sneeden. This year’s State Open was an individual championship with no team scoring.
The Tribe will return to action next weekend when it competes at the Navy Open on Friday and Saturday.