EVERETT, Wash., March 25, 2017 – U.S. Air Force Academy notched its eighth-consecutive varsity division team title at the USA Gymnastics Men’s Collegiate National Championships on Friday at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at Everett Community College in Everett, Wash. Arizona State claimed its 11th consecutive Collegiate Club Division team crown. All-around honors went to Air Force’s Timothy Wang for the varsity division and the University of Washington’s Nathan Tsuji for the club division. The championships wrap tonight with individual event finals at 7 p.m. PT.
Air Force claimed the varsity team title with a 396.950 total. William & Mary was second at 388.400 and Navy tallied a 379.700 for third. In the club division, Arizona State posted a 383.650 total for the top spot. University of Washington (381.250) and Temple University (364.750) rounded out the top three.
In the varsity all-around, Wang won his second consecutive title with an 82.900, followed by Navy’s Noah Beeman taking second at 77.700. Rounding out the top three was Springfield’s Christopher Graff at 75.800. Tsuji’s 78.200 gave him top honors in the club division. Washington’s Benjamin Bloom notched a 74.450 for second, and Temple’s Casey Polizzotto claimed third at 73.800.
At the men’s USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships, the team competition 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 that provide two or less full scholarships as well as the military academies, and the collegiate team category is for two-year or four-year degree-granting schools with gymnastics as a club sport.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and gymnastics for all. For more information, log on to www.usagym.org