Springfield, Mass. - April 6, 2019 - The Springfield College men's gymnastics team closed out the year with a tremendous team effort at the 2019 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, held in Blake Arena on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride finished fourth overall with a team score of 383.150. Stephen Lewis (Baltimore, Md.) repeated as the the all-around champion with a score of 79.350.
Winning his second-straight ECAC All-Around title, Lewis becomes the first Springfield College men's gymnast to ever win two ECAC all-around titles, and the just the fourth student-athlete in program history to win multiple ECAC Championships. The only other student-athlete to win an all-around title was Clyde Shotzbarger, who accomplished the feat in 1932.
Navy won the meet with a team score of 401.150, while Army finished as the runner-up with a 390.650. William and Mary placed third with a 388.550, Springfield finished fourth with a 383. 150, and Illinois-Chicago rounded out the field with a 373.650.
Beginning the day on the rings, Lewis posted a team-best score of 13.050, followed by John Rowbotham's (Tyngsboro, Mass.) score of 12.900 and Jeremy Vera's (Brooklyn, N.Y.) mark of 12.850. Moving to the vault, the Pride put together their best rotation of the day, scoring a 68.900, as three student-athletes scored over a 14.000. Lewis led the way with a 14.100 which good enough for the fourth-best score on the day, while John Murphy (Hilo, Hawaii) and Noah Candocia (Bradenton, Fla.) were each credited with a 14.050 to tie for fifth.
On the parallel bars, both Lewis and Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.) delivered scores of 12.800 to finish tied for fifth place, and Christian Wilkey Jr (Lowell, Mass.) turned in a 12.100. Springfield then rotated to the horizontal bar, where Haas hit for a team-best score of 13.000 to finish tied for sixth, Kyle Lukaesko (Connellsville, Pa.) added a 12.900, and Lewis scored a 12.450. Lewis had a strong showing on the floor exercise, delivering a 13.800, while Trevor Lamberton (Willow Spring, N.C.) was credited with a 13.500 and Murphy posted a 13.200. In its final rotation of the day, Lewis again paced the Pride on the pommel horse with a 13.150, Nick Cramer (Lincoln, Neb.) registered a 12.900, and Jack Vollo (Rochester, N.Y.) eaned a 12.800.
The Pride will now await to see which student-athletes earned the right to compete in the upcoming NCAA Collegiate Championships hosted at the University of Illinois on April 19-20.
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