WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 27, 2009 – The College of William & Mary won the varsity team division at the 2009 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships, held in William & Mary’s Kaplan Arena, giving them 13 titles overall and eight in the last nine years. Arizona State University won its third straight championship in the collegiate division.
William & Mary scored a 337.150, edging 2008 champion U.S. Naval Academy, which tallied a 333.750. Arizona State cruised to the collegiate title, scoring a 320.350, with the University of Washington second at 309.950 and James Madison University third at 291.600. This was Arizona State’s 12th team title since first competing at the event in 1987.
William and Mary posted the top team scores in four of the six events: floor exercise, 57.00; pommel horse, 56.350; and horizontal bar, 54.300. The Tribe was second in team scoring on vault and third on parallel bars. Navy earned the number-one ranking on the parallel bars and ranked second on floor, pommel horse, still rings and high bar. Air Force took top honors on rings and vault.
In the collegiate division, Arizona led the team scores on floor (54.400), pommel horse (50.200), still rings (54.600) and vault (50.350), as well as second in the parallel bars and horizontal bar. Washington had the highest team scores on both the parallel bars (52.800) and (52.250), second for floor, rings and vault, and third on pommel horse.
The championships, sponsored by USA Gymnastics, is divided into two categories, varsity and collegiate. The varsity competition is for Division I, II, or III, four-year institutions with gymnastics as a varsity sport, and the collegiate team category is for two-year or four-year degree-granting schools with gymnastics as a club sport. Each category produces its own winners for the team and individual competitions.
2009 USA Gymnastics Men's Collegiate Championships
College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Va.
Varsity Team Results
1. College of William & Mary, 337.150
2. U.S. Naval Academy, 333.750
3. U.S. Air Force Academy, 332.750
4. Springfield College, 328.950
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 313.300
Collegiate Team Results
1. Arizona State University, 320.250
2. University of Washington, 309.950
3. James Madison University, 291.600
4. State University of New York-Brockport, 137.900