Men's Gymnastics Adds Three to Squad

June 28, 2012

USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force men's gymnastics head coach Kip Simons announced the addition of three gymnasts for the 2013 season. The newcomers, who are in-processing today (June 28) as members of the Academy's Class of 2016, will join a veteran team that captured the program's third straight USAG National Championship last year.

Denis Aurelius - Plain City, Ohio (Integrity Gymnastics)
Zach Owen - Grayson, Ga. (Roswell Gymnastics)
Josh Pyne - Las Vegas, Nev. (Desert Gym Cats)

In addition to three newcomers, Air Force will welcome back rising junior Nick Owen and rising sophomore Thom Wilkinson. Owen is coming off of a one-year medical stop-out, while Wilkinson will rejoin the team after a two-year church mission.

Following today's in-processing, Basic Cadet Training is divided into two phases. The first session takes place in the Cadet Area and focuses on military orientation, including basic military skills and responsibilities, improving physical conditioning and understanding teamwork through competitive sports. During the second phase, the Basics will march out to Jack's Valley, where they will focus on field training activities, while developing their mental and physical confidence training. Classes begin on August 9.



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