Air Force Prepares for Army, Navy
WHAT'S COMING UPAfter a week off from competition, the Air Force men's gymnastics team heads East to face service academy rivals, Army and Navy, at the All-Academy Championships on Saturday, Feb. 12. This year's "Triad" competition will take place at Macdonough Hall in Annapolis, Md.
CHECKING OUT THE MIDSNavy posted its best team total of the season to finish second at the James Madison Invitational. The Mids collected 204.200 points, taking first, second, third and fourth in the all-around. Navy was led by senior Josh Blackman, who won the event with a score of 50.600. Three Mids won individual event titles, as well.
CHECKING OUT THE BLACK KNIGHTSBrian Lee continues to lead the nation on the still rings, averaging a score of 9.900. The Black Knights have won the last four All-Academy Championships and like the Falcons, will be competing after a week off from competition. Army scored six more points than Navy in the two squads first meeting this season and will face off with Air Force on two more occasions.
LAST TIME OUTDespite posting the best total of the year, the Falcons dropped a 218.700-188.000 match to Oklahoma on Jan. 28, in Norman. Air Force was idle this past weekend; training for its match-up with the service academies.
LEADING THE WAYAir Force senior Kent Reichle and junior Brian Moore were selected as the captains for the 2005 competitive season. It is the fourth time in the past 10 years that a pair of Falcons has shared the honor of captain.
RANK YOU VERY MUCHThe 19th-ranked Falcons have a challenging road ahead of them, as seven of the top-15 teams in the country are slated to be their opponents in the coming weeks. In addition, several of Air Force's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation counterparts - Oklahoma (4), California (7), Stanford (8) and Army (10) - are ranked near the top of the national rankings.
NEW FACES IN THE CROWDSix freshmen join the Air Force gymnastics team in the form of Brian Boardman, Nathan Glandon, Kevin Murphy, Jon Roberts, Tyler Sickles and Chris Wood.
HOME, SWEET HOME, PART ICalifornia and Texas are responsible for eight of the 14 members of the team. Edwin Berry, Jon Roberts, Ryan Stromstad and Chris Wood all call California home, while Nathan Glandon, Josh Loeser, Brian Moore and Kevin Murphy all hail from the Lone Star state.
HOME, SWEET HOME, PART IIThe remaining six gymnasts are from six different states in various parts of the country. They include Kurt Antonio (New Mexico), Brian Boardman (Illinois), Randy Doyle (Georgia), Eric Peele (North Carolina), Kent Reichle (Minnesota) and Tyler Sickles (Arizona).