Aug. 15, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force men's gymnastics team earned a 12th-place ranking in the first preseason poll, the NCAA recently announced. The Falcons, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Kip Simons, are coming off one of the best seasons in program history. Bolstered by an impressive lineup of returning gymnasts, the Falcons welcome a talented class of newcomers to the program.
"It's awesome to know that people out there believe in our program," Simons said.
Air Force is the highest ranked service academy, as Navy is ranked 13th and Army is 18th. In addition, the Falcons have the fourth-highest ranking of teams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Defending champion Oklahoma is ranked first, while Stanford is second. Rounding out the strong five-team lead are California (ninth) and Nebraska (15th).
"Taking a team to the NCAA would be a dream come true for us," Simons continued. "It is a great honor to be recognized like this, now it's up to us to make it happen."