After finishing 11th in the NCAA Championships last season, the College of William and Mary men enter this campaign poised to improve upon their performance from a year ago — and sporting an eighth place in the preseason national rankings.
Despite graduating three top seniors, Aaron Ingram, Andrew Hunt and David Locke, from a team that finished last year with a 26-12 ledger, the College has four seniors on the roster and is focused on combining this experience with solid talent from underclassmen to better last year’s successes.
The College enters the season maintaining its priority of executing routines, after the Tribe placed ninth among squads for its execution scores at last season’s NCAA Championships.
The addition of three freshmen, Dan Melzar, Jonathan Prohov and Stephen Duetsch, to a roster that boasts 14 returning gymnasts and longtime Head Coach Cliff Gauthier, adds depth to a young Tribe squad.
The Tribe finished second in its first competition Saturday at the Navy Open in Annapolis, Md.
The College’s first home meet is the State Open Feb. 8. The Tribe also hosts the 12th-ranked United States Naval Academy and no. 2 Pennsylvania State University March 8.