- Behind a first place finish on high bar by senior Patrick McLaughlin
, the Temple men's gymnastics team placed second in the team competition of the 2011 EIGL-ECAC Championships, held Saturday afternoon at the Physical Education Building on the campus of Illinois-Chicago. The individual portion of the championships will be held tomorrow, Sunday, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Owls rose to the occasion and posted a team total of 338.300, edged out by host Illinois-Chicago. The Flames recorded a team score of 346.900 to win the meet, with William & Mary placing third (336.400), Springfield fourth (333.200), Navy fifth (326.700) and Army sixth (324.300).
McLaughlin brought it on high bar, posting a meet-best tally of 14.600. The Shrewsbury, Pa., native will look to keep the same intensity tomorrow in hopes of taking home gold in the individual competition on the apparatus. Sophomore Alex Tighe
aided his efforts on high bar, tying for fifth with a score of 14.100.
Tighe was tops on parallel bars for the Owls, scoring 14.600 to tie for fourth. McLaughlin also placed in the top 10 on that apparatus, scoring 14.500 to tie for sixth. On vault, sophomore Brett Statman
and junior Chris Mooney
tied for fifth with like scores of 15.300, leading Temple to a score of 60.400 as a team.
Senior Blake Collins
led Temple on rings, posting a score of 14.200. McLaughlin also fared well on the apparatus, scoring 13.900 to tie for eighth. Senior Jesse Kitzen-Abelson
made a valiant return to take fourth on pommel horse with a score of 14.200. Kitzen-Abelson sat out most of the season due to injury. On floor, junior Evan Burke
and Mooeny tied for sixth with scores of 14.200.
Seven of the gymnasts - Burke, Mooney, Collins, McLaughlin, Tighe, Statman and Kitzen-Abelson - return to competition tomorrow, vying for individual titles beginning at 1:00 p.m.