WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 27, 2009 – The College of William & Mary’s Derek Gygax and Arizona State University’s Alex Gaudour of Arizona State University won the varsity and club all-around titles, respectively, at the 2009 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships held at William & Mary’s Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va.
Gygax won the varsity all-around with an 84.150 total. Springfield College’s Ty Evans and the U.S. Naval Academy’s Dylan Parrott finished second (82.700) and third (81.300) behind Gygax. In the club all-around, Gaudor captured the title with an 81.350 total. Sam Softich of the University of Washington was second at 79.250, with teammate Joey Lawrence third at 78.050.
Gygax, a junior from Stevensville, Md., is just the fourth William & Mary gymnast to win the all-around title at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships and the first since Ramon Jackson earned the second of his two-consecutive all-around golds in 2006.
Gygax finished in the top 10 in five of the six events. His scores for each event were: 13.800, floor exercise; 14.00, pommel horse; 13.850, still rings; 14.750, vault; 13.600, parallel bars; and 14.150, horizontal bar.
Gaudour won the collegiate all-around title with the third highest all-around score in the meet. His individual event scores were: 13.750, floor exercise; 12.000, pommel horse; 13.700, sill rings; 14.900, vault; 13.550, parallel bars; and 13.450, high bar.
The championships, sponsored by USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States, 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.
USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships
College of William & Mary
1. Derek Gygax, College of William & Mary, 84.150
2. Ty Evans, Springfield College, 82.700
3. Dylan Parrott, U.S. Naval Academy, 81.300
By event scores
FX PH SR VT PB HB Derek Gygax 13.800 14.000 13.850 14.750 13.600 14.150 Ty Evans 13.750 12.500 13.450 15.350 13.850 13.800 Dylan Parrott 14.050 13.300 13.750 14.750 14.050 11.400
1. Alex Gaudour, Arizona State University, 81.350
2. Sam Softich, University of Washington, 79.250
2. Joey Lawrence, University of Washington, 78.050
By event scores
FX PH SR VT PB HB Alex Gaudour 13.750 12.000 13.700 14.900 13.550 13.450 Sam Softich 13.400 11.050 13.350 14.850 13.450 13.150 Joey Lawrence 13.350 10.200 13.000 14.350 13.600 13.550