BACK-TO-BACK: #13 Men's Gymnastics Recaptures ECAC Championship Crown

BACK-TO-BACK: #13 Men's Gymnastics Recaptures ECAC Championship Crown

Full Results | Individual Results

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –
The Owls keep the title. On Friday evening at the 2013 Men's Gymnastics Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the No. 13 Temple Owls earned a meet-high score of 411.650 to repeat as the league champions and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Senior Alex Tighe led the way by taking first place on parallel bars with a score of 14.5. He and eight other Temple gymnasts will move on to the individual finals on Saturday evening, as they placed within the Top 8 of their respective events on Friday in the meet held by Springfield College.

The Owls will be heavily represented by Tighe, as he will also compete on the horizontal bar and on pommel horse. On the bar, Tighe tallied a 14.150 after being tabbed with a 13.7 on pommel.

Senior Allan Malone tied for fourth place in the all-around with freshman Jon Rydzefski with a like score of 81.600 through five worked events.

"This was one of the closest [ECAC Championship] meets we've had in quite a while," head coach Fred Turoff said. "It was a very exciting meet and I am very proud of how our guys handled the pressure and came through."

Temple won its 30th EIGL/ECAC Championship and its 18th under Turoff, who is in his 37th season as the Owls' head coach, by knocking off 2013 arch nemesis William & Mary (410.450), Illinois-Chicago, (409.300), meet host Springfield College (407.700), Army (404.500) and Navy (400.350). William & Mary had defeated the Owls in two meets earlier this season.

The Owls also took team titles on floor (70.850), still rings (70.500) and on the horizontal bar (68.100), while tying with UIC as the runner-up on parallel bars (67.250). TU's score on pommel horse (66.050) was ranked fourth-best, while its vault total (68.900) was good enough for fifth place.

From here, the team will send its nine gymnasts that placed within the Top 8 of Friday night's events to individual finals.

Joining Malone in the floor exercise final, Evan Burke and John Leonard will also compete in the floor exercise. Malone led the Owls in the event with his score of 14.600, while Leonard turned in a 14.350 and Burke's effort earned him a 14.2.

Malone (14.0) will also take part on the horizontal bar final with teammates Tighe (14.150) and Rydzefski (14.050), while Burke qualifies for the vault exercise final after scoring 14.4 on Friday. Rydzefski will also compete on parallel bars after the judges awarded him a mark of 14.050.

On still rings, Temple will be represented by senior Assaf Zoor (14.400), Dashiell Sears (14.3) and captain Taylor Brana (14.2), while Brett Statman will join Burke in the vault exercise, as he scored a team-best 14.5 Friday evening.

The No. 13 Temple Owls, who have won the ECAC Championship for the second consecutive year, close out the 2013 season with a 12-6 record and look to Saturday's ECAC Individual Finals, which will get underway at 6:00 p.m. Temple's next team competition will take place April 20 at Penn State when the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships get underway.
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