Seven Tribe Men’s Gymnasts Qualify for NCAA Championships

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Courtesy TribeAthletics.com
Courtesy TribeAthletics.com

The 14th-ranked William and Mary men’s gymnastics team will be well represented at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Oklahoma on April 9-11, as seven Tribe standouts have qualified to compete as individuals. Additionally, three other Tribe gymnasts earned spots as alternates at the national championship meet.

Senior Michael Deitz, who was recently honored as the 2015 USA Gymnastics Co-Gymnast of the Year, qualified in three events – floor (14.25), vault (14.275) and high bar (14.413).

In addition to competing in three events, Deitz will also be the featured student-athlete speaker at the championship meet’s banquet and awards ceremony.

W&M’s other individual qualifiers include: Aria Sabbagh – all-around (79.838); senior Peter Ten Eyck – pommel horse (14.55); junior Keaton Ackerman – pommel horse (14.425); senior Jason Wang – pommel horse (14.175); junior Nick Van Dyke – vault (14.4); sophomore Rob Meyer – parallel bars (14.213).  Ten Eyck and Ackerman also earned spots as alternates on parallel bars and high bar, respectively.

The Tribe’s three gymnasts who qualified as alternates include: junior Simon Casey – pommel horse (13.9); freshman Jeremiah McReynolds – rings (13.938); J.J. Jindra – rings (13.825).

The meet will begin Thursday with the national qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions (1/7 p.m. CST). All of W&M’s gymnasts will compete in the second session beginning at 7 p.m. (CST).

The top three individual finishers in all-around and on each event during each session, who are not already qualified on a team (top three teams qualify) or as an all-around competitor, will advance.

Friday’s session, which will begin at 7 p.m. (CST), will include the all-around finals, while the top 10 competitors on each event will advance to the individual event finals 7 p.m. (CST) Saturday.