Williamsburg, Va. -- March 27, 2009 -- Freshman Ty Evans claimed first place in the vault in the individual portion of the 2009 USAG Championships held at William & Mary College on Saturday evening, thus winning a national championship.
The Pride had terrific performances on the night as all six men's gymnastics competitors earned All-America status by finishing in the top six of a given event. None were better than Evans on the night, as the freshman from San Jose, Calif. vaulted to a first place finish. He scored a 15.300 to beat out Dylan Parrott of Navy's mark of 15.150. Evans became the Pride's first national champion since Tim Goetz captured the national title on the vault in 2004. Evans also finished fourth in the floor exercise Saturday night with a mark of 14.00. One night earlier, Evans placed second in the All-Around.
On the parallel bars, both Kyle Bartgis and Andy Kelly finished in the top four with impressive routines. Bartgis took second with a score of 13.650, while Kelly finished fourth with a 13.400.
Michael Freundlich was solid for the Pride as well as he placed fifth on the pommel horse after tallying a 13.300.
On the rings, Matt Bolognese finished in sixth place with a 14.100, while teammate Josh Spencer finished sixth on the high bar with a 13.200. They too earned All-American status.
The USAG also recognized the three assistant coaches for the Pride. Greg Monaco, Gary Loomis, and Matt Davis were named the Varsity Collegiate Assistant Coaches of the Year.