May 12, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force standout water polo player Bobby Geiger (Buellton, Calif.) has been selected to be a part of the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) and will begin training with the US Senior National Team next month.
"Being selected to train with the US Senior Men's National Team is a great honor and should be a wonderful experience for Bobby," said Air Force head water polo coach Jeff Heidmous. "The World Class Athlete Program is a great avenue for Academy cadets to pursue their Olympic dreams after graduation."
The Air Force WCAP is a program that provides active duty, national guard and reserve Air Force personnel the opportunity to train and compete at national and international sports competitions with the ultimate goal of selection to the United States Olympic team. It is not a developmental program; it targets athletes who have achieved world class status in their sport. Candidates must remain competitive for a U.S. Olympic team position to remain in the program, which ends with the Olympic Trials or after competing with the national team at the Olympics.
Geiger, who will graduate later this month, will delay his entry into pilot training to spend the next year in Thousand Oaks, Calif., training with the Senior National Team.
"Air Force water polo and the coaching staff did a great job preparing for my next year of training and helping me with the application to be accepted into the World Class Athlete Program," said Geiger.
An honorable mention All-American in his senior campaign, Geiger led the Falcons with 84 points in 2010, including a team-best 67 goals. The team captain closed out his Air Force career ranked fourth all-time in scoring at the Academy with 286 points. In addition, his 214 career goals are the third-most in school history.
"I feel honored to have this opportunity and lucky that the Air Force will let me pursue it," said Geiger. "The World Class Athlete Program was a goal I set for myself coming in my freshman year. It's very nerve-racking trying to play at the next level, but I've been working harder now than ever before to prepare myself."
"Bobby is the third Air Force water polo player to be selected to train with the Senior National Team and the second water polo player accepted into the WCAP," said Heidmous. "For college water polo prospects, this is great news. WCAP allows a player to attend Air Force and still keep an Olympic dream. And after their shot at the Olympics, they return to an exciting career in the Air Force. For Bobby, that is heading off to pilot training - a pretty cool experience in itself."
"With limited international experience, Bobby's chances of making the 2012 Olympic Team are very small," continued Heidmous. "But it is a fabulous competitive opportunity for Bobby and we look forward to him sharing what he learns from his experience with the National Team. Anything new we can incorporate into our training here at Air Force will benefit cadets for years to come."