Springfield, Mass. - April 13, 2017 - Five student-athletes from the men's gymnastics program will represent Springfield College on the national stage on April 21-22 as they each qualified for the NCAA Division I Men's Gymnastics Championship, to be held at Holleder Center's Christl Arena on the campus of Army West Point.
The five members include juniors Joshua Dieker (Oviedo, Fla.) and Chris Graff (Old Bridge, N.J.), sophomore Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.), and freshmen Stephen Lewis (Baltimore, Md.) and Corey Matthews (Kernerville, N.C.). Additionally, freshman Nick Cramer (Lincoln, Neb.) will serve as a second alernate on the pommel horse.
Springfield College's student-athletes will rotate on Friday with California, Iowa, Minnesota, Navy, and Illinois.
In his first season with the Pride, Lewis posted a team-high score of 78.438 to qualify in the all-around competition. Dieker and Graff also qualified for all-around, as they followed Lewis closely with scores of 77.138 and 77.075.
Qualifying for the second-consecutive season, Haas will compete in two events, including the parallel bars, after notching a qualifying score of 13.725, and the horizontal bar with a 13.200. Matthews will represent Springfield College on the floor, as he qualified with a 13.613.
This trip to the NCAA Championships will mark the final competition at the helm of Springfield College men's gymnastics head coach Steve Posner, who will conclude his 35-year career on the national stage.
The Pride will kick off the NCAA Championships on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m., looking for a chance to advance to Saturday's session, held at 6 p.m.