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Men's Gymnastics Finishes Fourth at ECAC Championships

Andy Grabowski Annapolis, Md. - March 28, 2014 - The Springfield College men's gymnastics team finished fourth at the 2014 ECAC Championships on Friday at Macdonough Hall after registering 407.100 points.

In the two-day event, Williams and Mary placed first as a team with 424.500 points, followed by Army with 419.100, host Navy (413.800), Springfield (407.100), Temple (406.850), and University of Illinois-Chicago (399.450).

Jon Zirna (Buffalo, N.Y.) competed in the all-around and totaled 80.00 points.

The Pride will have five student-athletes compete on Saturday in the individual championship portion of the competition, which begins at 2:00 pm.

On the rings, Ryan Ponce (Tolland, Conn.) produced a score of 15.150, and will be joined in the event on Saturday by classmate Pat Hanley (Abington, Mass.), who tallied a 14.400. Ponce will also compete on the parallel bars after notching a team-best mark of 13.700.

Desmond Carr (Hickory, N.C.) had a sensational showing on the vault and registered the highest score of the afternoon, a 15.150.

Springfield will also have a pair of competitors on Saturday on the pommel horse, with both Zirna and Pat Ryther (Boston, Mass.) representing the Pride. Ryther earned a mark of 13.900, while Zirna was credited with a 13.750.

Springfield's best score on the high bar came from Derek Taranto (Westborough, Mass.), who was credited with a mark of 13.700, while Andy Grabowski (Victor, N.Y.) delivered a 13.95 on the floor exercise. Both just missed out on advancing to the individual championships.

The second day of action commences on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with the individual championship portion of the competition.

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