ANNAPOLIS., Md., March 29, 2018 – The U.S. Naval Academy and Arizona State University won the Varsity and Collegiate Club Division team titles, respectively, at this year’s USA Gymnastics Men’s Collegiate National Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Navy’s Ryan McVay of Roseville, Calif., and Kiwan Watts of Richmond, Va./Arizona State University, won the Varsity and Collegiate all-around titles, respectively. The two-day championships wrap up tomorrow at the Academy’s Macdonough Hall with the individual event finals at 1:50 p.m. ET.
Navy posted a total of 400.700 to stop the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Varsity title streak at nine. Air Force held off the College of William and Mary for second place, 384.800 to 384.500. The U.S. Military Academy was fourth at 383.200, followed by Springfield College in fifth (377.050). Navy earned the highest score for all six events: 68.100, floor exercise; 63.350, pommel horse; 65.700, still rings; 69.950, vault; 66.300, parallel bars; and 67.300, horizontal bar.
Thirteen proved to be ASU’s lucky number. The Sun Devils tallied a 393.550 total to take its 13th-consecutive Collegiate team title. The University of Washington was second at 374.600, and Temple University rounded out the top three with a 337.250. Southern California United was not far behind Temple at 336.250. New York Alliance was fifth (316.550), and Northern California United was sixth (284.600). ASU also notched the top team score for all six events: 68.650, floor; 61.050, pommel horse; 62.400, still rings; 70.800, vault; 65.400, parallel bars; and 65.250, high bar.
McVay edged out Army’s Cole Casanova of Dallas, Texas, for the Varsity all-around title, 78.750 to 77.400. Springfield’s Stephen Lewis of Baltimore, Md., and Trevor Lamberton of Willow Spring, N.C., landed in third (75.900) and fourth (73.950), respectively. Nate Winneg of Sudbury, Mass./William and Mary, completed the top five at 73.050.
Watts snared his second-consecutive Collegiate all-around crown with an 82.050, which included the top score on five of the six events. His teammate Jordan Williams of Concord, Calif., took the silver at 78.500. The University of Washington’s Nathan Tsuji of Santa Cruz, Calif., was the bronze-medalist at 76.550. SC United’s William Pearce of Isla Vista, Calif., and NorCal United’s Will Ryan of Santa Cruz, Calif., tied for fourth (70.800).
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.
Five Varsity and seven Collegiate club teams are entered in this year’s championships. The schools in the Varsity Division are the College of William and Mary, Springfield College, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy. The Collegiate Division includes Arizona State University, New York Alliance, Northern California United, Northern Illinois University, Southern California United, Temple University and University of Washington.
The top eight (8) individuals in each event (plus ties) qualified for the individual event finals. There will be a maximum of two participants from each team eligible to qualify for finals on each individual event.
Tickets are available onsite, and the prices are $10 per day or $15 for all sessions. Children 12 years-old and under enter for free. Spectators may park outside of the USNA grounds and enter the Academy through the visitors’ entrance located at Gate One at the corner of King George and Randall Streets (52 King George St.). Anyone under the age of 18, and who does not have a government-issued ID, must be accompanied by an adult.
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