West Point, N.Y. - April 3, 2021 - Competing in person for the first time this season, the Springfield College men's gymnastics team delivered their best score of the year on Saturday afternoon at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men's Gymnastics Championships. Prior to today, the Pride's previous five meets had all been virtual competition.
The United States Naval Academy claimed the team title for the third consecutive season dating back to 2018 after the 2020 championship was canceled due to COVID-19. The Midshipmen totaled 397.800 points, holding off the Tribe of William and Mary (392.100). Army finished in third with a score of 388.050, while Springfield produced a 381.750 to improve on their season-best score by an impressive 10 points.
Springfield was one of only two schools in the competition to have multiple competitors in the all-around, as Dominic Ramalho (Hollis, N.H.) scored a 75.050 and Trevor Lamberton (Willow Spring, N.C.) earned a 74.750.
On the vault, John Murphy (Hilo, Hawaii) finished tied for second following a season-best score of 14.250, while Noah Candocia (Bradenton, Fla.) also hit for a season-best score as he took fourth with a 14.150. Austin Luke (Enfield, Conn.) returned to the Springfield lineup and posted a career-high 14.000 en route to sixth place on the apparatus to aid in the team's tremendous score of 70.050.
On the pommel horse, Colton O'Brien (Crystal Lake, Ill.) registered a 13.200 to finish in third place to close out his fantastic first season at Springfield, while Lamberton added a 11.750 to finish in 12th. Charles Kramer (Minnetrista, Minn.) put together an outstanding showing on the floor with a career-best score of 13.850 to take fourth in the event and Ramalho finished with a 13.750 to place fifth. Murphy and Candocia also had season-best marks in the event with a 13.450 to finish in ninth.
John Rowbotham (Tyngsboro, Mass.) tied for ninth on the rings following a 12.750 and was closely followed by Christian Wilkey Jr.'s (Lowell, Mass.) score of 12.700. In his first championship experience, Juan Gomez (Tallahassee, Fla.) delivered a 12.250 to place 12th.
Ramalho had his best individual showing on the parallel bars as he took fourth with a 13.150, Lamberton tied for 10th with a 12.800, and Wilkey Jr. added a 12.400 en route to a top-12 finish. On the horizontal bar, Jakarie Williams (Stockbridge, Ga.) tallied a season-best 12.800 to finish in fifth, Kyle Lukaesko (Connellsville, Pa.) was credited with a 12.500 to take sixth place, and Kramer also earned a career-high 12.400 to finish in ninth place.
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