With four different Wolverine gymnasts making their season debuts, Michigan (403.55) was able to defeat both Navy (399.15) and William & Mary (388.1) on Saturday.
Three of those four gymnasts earned top-four finishes on the day: Socrates Gavallas (PB), James Read (SR) & Anthony Tawfik (HB). The most notable of those is probably the freshman, Tawfik. Not just because he was a big part of the No. 1 ranked recruiting class, but because he produced a nice score on an event that Michigan has struggled on. Ranked No. 11 nationally as a team, Tawfik could be a big help.
Titles for the Wolverines went to Jacob Moore (FX), Dmitri Belanovski (SR & PB), Emyre Cole (VT) and Alec Krystek (HB).
Dmitri Belanovski won a pair of titles (photo via The Michigan Daily)
Though they didn’t come out with a win, Navy did a good job of hanging with Michigan. The Mids ended the day as winners on pommel horse (64.0) with freshman David Toussaint (ECAC Rookie of the Week) winning yet another title; this time with a 13.8. Toussaint has been incredibly consistent on PH this season: he has competed eleven routines, all of which have scored between a 13.1 and 13.95.
Senior captain Noah Beeman continued his strong season; he put together a five-event average of 13.17. His teammate, Tanner West, earned ECAC Specialist of the Week honors with a pair of top-four finishes on SR & VT.
Noah Beeman (photo via NavySports.com)
"Our guys put together a great performance for Senior Day,” head coach Kip Simons said to NavySports.com. "That is a true testament for the respect that they have for our three seniors. The team brought the fight from start to finish. Today’s performance was a glimpse of what we’re capable of heading into the postseason."
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Taking a ten-point step back from their impressive Senior Day performance, William & Mary ran into struggles on FX (64.4) & PB (62.3). The Tribe did have the day’s lone all-arounder as Jack Hasenkopf accumulated a 74.8. That’s his third-best AA score on seven tries in 2018.
Aside from Hasenkopf, W&M got top-two finishes from Tomas Palma (FX) & Jacopo Gliozzi (PH).
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