Springfield, Mass. - March 13, 2016 - The Springfield College men's gymnastics team was defeated by Navy in its regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon in Blake Arena. The Pride fell by the final score of 414.750-404.150.
Jon Zirna (East Amherst, N.Y.) took second in the all-around competition for the Pride as he totaled a season-est score of 82.950 on the day.
Springfield got off to a great start on the floor exercise, thanks to strong performances by Chris Graff (Old Bridge, N.J.) and Tucker McClure (San Jose, Calif.). Graff led the Pride with a career-best score of 14.250 in the event, closely followed by McClure's season-high mark of 14.200.
The Pride carried its momentum in the pommel horse, where it increased its team lead to 136.70-134.45 as Zirna led the hosts with a 14.550 in the event.
However, Navy responded with strong performances in both the rings and vault, producing the top four scores in each event, to take the lead for good. Zirna tallied a team-best 13.750 on the rings, before McClure hit for a 14.200 on the vault.
Zirna once again had Springfield's best mark on the parallel bars with a 14.200, while McClure closed out the meet with Springfield's best mark on the high bar with a 13.850.
Springfield will now prepare to host the USAG Championships in Blake Arena, which will take place on March 25-26.