Annapolis, Md. - April 7, 2018 - The Springfield College men's gymnastics team had an impressive showing at the 2018 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, hosted at the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride finished fourth overall with a team score of 384.700. Leading the Pride was sophomore Stephen Lewis (Baltimore, Md.), who won the all-around competition with a score of 79.450.
With his all-around title at the ECAC Championships, Lewis becomes the first Springfield College men's gymnast to win since Clyde Shotzbarger accomplished the same feat in 1932. Additionally, this marks the first individual champion for Springfield College since Pat Ryther won an ECAC Championship on the pommel horse in 2015.
Navy won the meet with a team score of 405.550, while William and Mary took second with a 399.850. Army was third with a 389.300, while following Springfield College was the University of Illinois-Chicago, which put forth a team score of 377.250.
Along with Lewis, the Pride also had Joshua Dieker (Oviedo, Fla.) in the all-around competition, as the senior produced a 78.100, while Chris Graff (Old Bridge, N.J.) totaled a 77.100. Dieker's score was good for second overall, while Graff was fourth overall.
In the floor exercise, Graff was the Pride's best with a 13.200, while Dieker followed closely with a 13.050. Lewis was next with a 12.750, while Trevor Lamberton (Willow Spring, N.C.) notched a 12.600. Matthew Koy (Parlin, N.J.) rounded out the top five on the event with a 12.450. On pommel horse, Graff notched a 13.250 to lead the Pride, as he was followed by Lewis (13.100).
On the still rings, Dieker's mark of 13.350 proved to be Springfield College's top score of the day, while Lewis was second with a 13.150, followed by Graff's 13.100. Lewis was the Pride's top performer on vault with a 14.300, while he edged Dieker with a 13.750 and Graff's 13.500.
Moving to the parallel bars, Mike Grimaldi (Middletown, N.J.) was Springfield's best with a 13.550, just edging Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.), who produced a 13.500. Lewis was the Pride's third-best on the event with a 13.300. Lastly, on the horizontal bar, Phil Ordonez (Jacksonville, Fla.) led with a 12.950, while Haas followed with a 12.900, just clipping Lewis' mark of 12.850.
Springfield College will now wait to see which individuals qualify for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Gymnastics Championships, which will be hosted at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.