Aug. 24, 2009
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by five home competitions, including the two-day USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships, the Air Force men's gymnastics team embarks on another ambitious season, fifth year head coach Kip Simons announced today with the release of the 2010 schedule.
"I'm so excited with this year's competitive schedule," Simons said. "I'm pleased with the fact that we finally have a strong home schedule."
Air Force opens the 2010 campaign on Jan. 16, when it hosts the annual Rocky Mountain Open and welcomes several of the nation's top programs to the Cadet West Gym. Simons is expecting a strong showing from his team at the RMO, as the coaching staff gets a real indication of the freshmen's talent in their first competitive meet.
The Falcons will then travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to face Minnesota on Jan. 30, before heading to Aliso Viejo, Calif., on Feb. 13, for the annual All-Academy Championships.
"It is crucial for us to have a strong showing at the All-Academy Championships due to the amount of pride between the academies," Simons said of his team, which finished second at the 2009 meet behind several outstanding performances.
Air Force travels to Lincoln, Neb., for a quadrangular meet with Nebraska, Illinois-Chicago and Ohio State on Feb. 21, before heading to Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 27, for the first of two meets at Arizona State. The Falcons return to the Academy for a pair of dual meets against Illinois-Chicago on March 5 and March 7.
Following their homestand, the Falcons head out for a busy road trip that features three meets in a one-week span. Air Force will face Army for the second time on March 12 in West Point, N.Y., before traveling to Springfield, Mass., to take on Springfield College on March 14. The Falcons will wrap up the regular season on March 19, with a return trip to Arizona State.
Air Force returns to the Academy on March 26-27 to open postseason action. The Falcons will host the 23rd USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. Simons hopes that the `home field advantage' will help the Falcons bring home their first-ever USAG team title.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships will be held in Norman, Okla., on April 3, while the 2010 NCAA Championships will be held April 15-17 in West Point, N.Y.