Springfield, Mass. - February 17, 2021 - Competing in a virtual setting for the first time in program history, the Springfield College men's gymnastics team took on the University of California-Berkeley in Dana Gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Bears, competing on their own campus in Northern California over 3,000 miles away, turned in a score of 386.900, while Springfield opened the year with a 369.950.
Springfield's men's gymnastics program, which had not competed since March 8, 2020, had some impressive performances in its season opener. It proved to be a historic event in the history of Springfield College Athletics, as not only was it the first-ever virtual men's gymnastics competition through the NCAA-approved Virtius platform, but it also marked the first intercollegiate competition since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down competition on March 11, 2020, nearly 350 days ago.
Opening the afternoon on the floor exercise, Springfield produced a team score of 60.750, with Dominic Ramalho (Hollis, N.H.) pacing the way with a 12.700, which placed him third in the event. Trevor Lamberton (Willow Spring, N.C.) was the Pride's first competitor of the season and turned in a 12.500, while Charles Kramer (Minnetrista, Minn.) delivered a 12.200 in his first collegiate action.
Colton O'Brien (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was outstanding and posted a team-best 13.050 in his first collegiate appearance on the pommel horse, while Jack Vollo (Rochester, N.Y.) registered a 12.250 and Juan Gomez (Tallahassee, Fla.) was credited with a 11.650.
Ramalho again delivered for Springfield on the rings with a team-best mark of 12.750 en route to another third-place finish, and was closely followed by David Handron's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) score of 12.550. Gomez turned in a 12.000 as well en route to a top-eight finish.
Springfield's best event showing of the day came on the vault, as the squad combined for a team score of 68.050. Kramer impressed with a second-place score of 13.950 to lead Springfield's efforts, while Noah Candocia (Bradenton, Fla.) scored a 13.850 and Ramalho added a 13.750. Christian Wilkey Jr. (Lowell, Mass.) also tallied a 13.450 as well to bolster the Pride's solid performance in the event.
Handron recorded a 12.500 on the parallel bars, followed by Lamberton's score of 12.450 and Wilkey Jr.'s mark of 12.250. In the final event of the day, Alex Fitzgerald (Manchester, Conn.) totaled a 12.100 on the horizontal bar, with Dane Cramer (Lincoln, Neb.) scoring a 12.000 and Kramer chipping in an 11.950.
The Pride will compete again in a virtual setting on Saturday when it takes on Army at 1 pm.
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