The senior Sports Biology major posted a score of 15.550 to finish third out of a field of 10 competitors. Ponce smashed his previous school record of 15.400, which he had sent in 2012.
Of the 10 athletes in the event on Saturday night, Ponce was the third to compete and made the most of his moment in the spotlight.
Just reaching Saturday's night's competition was a historic moment in itself. Prior to this evening, the last time a Springfield College men's gymnast had reached the individual finals of the NCAA Division I Championship was in 1984 when Jeff Coehlo took second on the rings to finish as the national runner up.
Ponce beat out athletes from Ohio State, Penn State, University of Iowa, University of Illinois, Stanford, and William and Mary.
Prior to tonight, in the over 100 years of history within the men’s gymnastics program at Springfield College, there had only previously been three Division I All-Americans. In 1961, Jeff Cardinali was the national champion on the parallel bars and and in 1965, Bob Elsinger collected a national championship on the pommel horse, while Coehlo took home All-America honors in 1984.