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Zirna's School Record Highlights Men's Gymnastics Second-Place Finish at Navy Open

Zirna's School Record Highlights Men's Gymnastics Second-Place Finish at Navy Open

Annapolis, Md. - January 24, 2015 - Led by Jon Zirna's (East Amherst, N.Y.) school record on the parallel bars, the Springfield College men's gymnastics team placed second at the Navy Open on Saturday afternoon after recording a team score of 410.450.

 Springfield improved its team score by more than five points compared to the mark it produced at the West Point Open last weekend.  Additionally, the Pride put together the best team totals on two of the six events, registering a 68.85 on the pommel horse and a 68.75 on the parallel bars. 

Zirna put forth another outstanding showing for the Pride as he recorded a winning score 14.65 on the parallel bars, besting the previous school record of 14.55 that was set by Ty Evans in 2010.  The junior finished second in the all-around with a 82.70 as was also the runner-up on the pommel horse with a 14.45.

 Tucker McClure (San Jose, Calif.) and Ian Stratton (Elizabeth City, N.C.) earned the top two scores for the Pride in the floor exercise as they posted a 14.2 and 14.1 respectively.  Stratton also was the second top scorer for the Pride on the rings with a score of 13.05, while McClure paced Springfield on the vault with a 14.00.

Chris Graff (Old Bridge, N.Y.) led Springfield's scoring on the rings with a 13.85 while Brian Cogan (Fairfax, Va.) led the scoring on the high bars with a 13.85.  Cogan was followed by Andy Grabowski (Victor, N.Y.) who received a 13.8.

The Pride will compete in its home opener on February 8 when it holds the New England Invitational Championship in Blake Arena.