Falcons Welcome Nation's Best For MPSF Championships
COMING UP: Air Force will host the 2006 MPSF Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, March 25, in the Cadet West Gym. As the only school to feature both a men's and a women's program in the league, the Falcons will host both conference championship meets, as the women's final is slated to run on Friday, March 24.
WHO'S WHO: The 17th-ranked Air Force men's team will welcome the nation's elite to the Academy. The field features three of the top five teams in the country, including top-ranked Oklahoma who has won three of the past four national championships. Second-ranked Stanford and fifth-ranked California will also be competing, as well as No. 11 Nebraska.
TICKET INFORMATION: The men's championships are slated to begin at 5 p.m., on Saturday (March 25). The doors will open at 3 p.m., for ticket sales. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children (ages 12 and under).
YOU SEEM FAMILIAR: This will be the third meeting of the season for Air Force and Nebraska and the second in as many weeks. The Cornhuskers traveled to the Academy in early January for the Rocky Mountain Open, before the Falcons traveled to Lincoln for a dual meet to close out the regular season.
HAVEN'T WE MET BEFORE?: Air Force has also matched up with Oklahoma twice this season, as the two programs met for the Rocky Mountain Open and a dual meet back in January. In addition, the Falcons faced Cal at the Peter Vidmar Invitational earlier this month.
CONNECTIONS: Air Force head coach Kip Simons spent five years as an assistant coach at Cal...senior Brian Moore attended Cy-Fair High School in Texas -- the same high school as Oklahoma's Jonathan Horton and Stanford's Bryant Hadden.
THE LONG ROAD HOME: The snowstorm that welcomed in the first days of spring stranded the Falcons in Nebraska on their way home from a dual meet with the Cornhuskers.
SENIOR SALUTE: Prior to the Falcons' final home dual meet of the season, Air Force honored its two senior members. Brian Moore and Eric Peele have been the core for this young team over the course of the season. Moore has been a team captain for the past two seasons and both he and Peele have been NCAA Qualifiers over the course of their careers.
MORE MOORE: With a combined score of 45.000, senior Brian Moore won the all-around at the Peter Vidmar Invitational on March 2. As a team, the Falcons finished second of varsity-level teams and fourth overall. Moore scored a 45.000 to win the multi-event by over half of a point. Contributing to his total was a ninth-place score of 7.750 on the high bar. He also posted a top-10 score of 7.650 on the parallel bars, while adding 8.200 on the vault, 7.250 on the still rings, 7.200 on the floor exercise and 6.950 on the pommel horse.
CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Air Force spent three straight meets in California, dating back to the All-Academy Championships on Feb. 18. Following the meet in Aliso Viejo, the Falcons traveled to Oakland for the Pacific Coast Classic, before closing out the tour at the Peter Vidmar Invitational in Brentwood.
HOME SWEET HOME?: The Falcons have only seen the inside of the Cadet West Gym for three competitions so far this season, while taking to the road for eight others. In fact, the Falcons spent 57 days away from the Academy between competitions, while visiting such states as Oklahoma, New York, California, Arizona and Nebraska.