WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 25, 2007— The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Greg Stine won the floor and still rings titles, as well as the varsity division’s all-around crown, at the USA Gymnastics Men’s Collegiate Championships, March 24-25, at the Kaplan Arena in William and Mary Hall in Williamsburg , Va. The College of William and Mary claimed its seventh straight varsity team title, with Arizona State University winning the collegiate team title.
William and Mary’s Andrew Hunt earned his second straight parallel bars title. Other individual event champions were: Joe Atzenbeck, Navy, pommel horse; Dave Locke, William and Mary, vault; and Isaac Olsen, Navy, horizontal bar. The team and collegiate divisions were combined for the individual event finals. University of Washington’s Sean Liner won the collegiate all-around title.
In the varsity all-around, Stine scored 49.55 points to win the title. Navy’s Chris Tam placed second with 48.85 points and William and Mary’s Derek Gygax finished third with 47.10.
Liner won the collegiate all-around title with a score of 43.85, followed by Arizona State teammates Anthony Naddour and Matt Williams, who placed second at 43.30 and third at 43.10, respectively.
In addition to his all-around title, Stine was the only individual event double champion, winning both floor and rings with the day’s highest score of 9.30. Locke was second on floor at 9.05 and Liner was third at 8.75. On rings, Arizona State’s Aaron Gehr finished second with a 9.00, followed by Air Force’s Jacob Schonig in third with an 8.80.
Atzenbeck won pommel horse with an 8.50, while Gygax finished second at 8.25 and Tam placed third at 7.80. Locke scored an 8.40 to take the vault title. Liner was second and Navy’s Jon-Michael Chombeau was third with scores of 8.30 and 8.10, respectively.
To defend his title, Hunt scored an 8.70 on parallel bars, followed by Liner at 8.10 and William and Mary’s Dave Ridings at 8.05 in second and third, respectively. Olsen received the top score on high bar with an 8.95, besting runner-up Tam at 8.90 and Air Force’s Tyler Sickles at 8.50.
William and Mary earned a total of 199.85 points in the team competition, followed by the U.S. Naval Academy in second with 198.00 and the U.S. Air Force Academy in third with 191.30. Springfield College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and James Madison University finished fourth through sixth, respectively.
In the collegiate team competition, Arizona State University’s 175.60 points bettered the 159.45 of runner-up University of Texas and the 61.45 of third-place finisher University of Washington.
The varsity competition is for Division I, II, or III, four-year institutions with gymnastics as a varsity sport, while the collegiate team category is for two-year or four-year degree-granting schools with gymnastics as a club sport.