WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 17, 2012) - The 15th-ranked William and Mary men's gymnastics team equaled its best score of the season and placed second in a tri-meet on Senior Night at Kaplan Arena on Saturday evening. No. 10 Temple earned the team title with a 339.2 and was followed by the Tribe (331.8) and 14th-ranked Army.
In addition to matching its best team score of the season, W&M also posted a season high on rings (56.7). Tribe gymnasts took the top three spots in all-around, as sophomore Daniel Potemski won with an 83.5 and was followed by freshman J.J. Jindra (82.6) and junior Futa Ikeda (78.7). Jindra's mark represented a career best.
The College opened the meet on floor where it registered a 54.5. Junior Matt Burns led the squad by equaling a season high (13.9), while Potemski and freshman Michael Deitz posted a 13.7 and a 13.5, respectively.
Potemski equaled a career best and established a season high on pommel horse with a 14.5 - a score that ranks fourth in the Tribe's record book. Junior Kris Yeager also moved into the program's all-time top-10 list with a career-high 14.0, while freshman Jason Wang earned a 13.8 to helpd the team total a 56.0.
Jindra and Ikeda tallied career highs on rings with a 14.3 and a 14.2, respectively, en route to helping the Tribe post a season-best 56.7 in the event. Jindra's score ranks tied for fourth in W&M's record book, while Ikeda's mark is ninth. Potemski and senior Steve Deutsch also came up big with a pair of 14.1's.
Potemski claimed the vault title with a 14.7, while Jindra's career-high 14.1 also contributed to the team's score of 56.6. Deitz and Burns both registered a 13.9 in the event - a score that represented a season best for Burns.
In the fifth rotation of the evening, W&M posted a 55.5 on parallel bars. Potemski and Jindra tied for first among all competitors in the event with a 14.1. With the performance, Jindra established a career high.
The College closed out the evening on high bar and earned a 52.5. Sophomore Sam Patterson's career-best 13.7 led the squad, while Jindra recorded a 13.3.
With the regular season complete, the Tribe will begin postseason competition at the USAG Collegiate Championships hosted by Air Force on March 30-31.