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Men's Gymnastics Competes At NCAA Championships In Posner's Final Meet

Men's Gymnastics Competes At NCAA Championships In Posner's Final Meet

West Point, N.Y. - April 21, 2017 - Five members of the Springfield College men's gymnastics program competed in the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship, to be held at Holleder Center's Christl Arena on the campus of Army West Point. 

Competing against some of the top gymnasts in the nation, Springfield College's student-athletes rotated on Friday with California, Iowa, Minnesota, Navy, and Illinois.

Tonight marked the final competition at the helm of Springfield College men's gymnastics head coach Steve Posner, who concluded his 35-year career on the national stage. 

The Pride had three gymnasts compete in the all-around, led by Stephen Lewis (Baltimore, Md.), who scored a 78.000.   Chris Graff (Old Bridge, N.J.) closely followed with a 77.100, while Joshua Dieker (Ovieda, Fla.) recorded a 76.850

Lewis scored a 13.200 on the pommel horse in his first event and then registered a 12.800 on the rings.  The first-year was credited with a 12.700 on the vault and a 13.650 on the parallel bars, and would go on to post a 12.250 on the horizontal bar and a 13.400 on the floor. 

Graff started his day with a 12.200 on the horizontal bar before posting a 13.150 on the floor exercise.  The junior then tallied a 12.950 on the pommel, a 13.400 on the rings, a 12.950 on the vault, and a 12.450 on the parallel bars.

Dieker produced a 13.350 on the rings to begin his evening and then tallied a 13.650 on the vault.  After notching a 13.000 on the parallel bars and a 12.850 on the floor exercise, the junior finished up his night with a 12.700 on the horizontal bar and an 11.300 on the pommel horse.

In his first appearance on the national stage, freshman Corey Matthews (Kernerville, N.C.) scored a 12.900 on the floor exercise.   Competing in a pair of events on the night, Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.) recorded a 13.500 on the parallel bars and later added an 11.900 on the horizontal bar.