Oct. 31, 2012
2013 Army Gymnastics Schedule
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Head coach Doug Van Everen announced the 2013 men's gymnastics schedule that has Army competing in eight dual meets with four home matches at Gross Sports Center, along with the annual West Point Open and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.
Navy and Stanford University highlight Army's home slate with the Midshipmen's meet on Saturday, Feb. 23, the first of four home duals over a three-week span. Army will be looking to snap a two-match losing streak to Navy and post its first home win over its counterpart since 2007 when it takes on ECAC rival Midshipmen in the annual "Star" match.
The following two weeks has Army hosting two more ECAC foes in William & Mary (March 2) and Springfield (March 9). The match with the Pride is part of a double dual meet at Gross Sports Center with Stanford University, the 2011 NCAA champions.
The Cardinal gymnasts, who finished fifth at last year's NCAA Championships, are making their second trip to West Point in four years. They were part of the NCAA field that competed at the 2010 championships hosted by Army at Christl Arena. Michigan captured the title with Stanford finishing less than a point shy of repeating as national champions. The Cardinal has captured five NCAA titles.
The Black Knights raise the curtain on their 2013 schedule taking on NCAA participant Penn State at University Park, Pa., on Jan. 12. It is the 10th straight year that Army makes its season debut against the Nittany Lions, who finished third at last year's NCAA Championships and welcome back 16 lettermen, including seven All-Americans.
Army heads to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force on January 19th before leaving the dual circuit to host the annual West Point Open on Feb. 1-2 in welcoming William & Mary, Springfield, Navy, Temple and Brockport to the two-day competition. Due to a scheduling conflict, four-time defending champion Penn State will be unable to participate which opens the door for Army to be in the hunt for the title after finishing third the past two years. Temple took runner-up last year with Navy and Springfield placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Next on the schedule will be a trip to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the Winter Cup Challenge that features the nation's top gymnasts. The USA Gymnastics-sponsored event will take place Feb. 7 to Feb. 9.
Army then heads to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the annual All-Academy Championships on Feb. 16 in Atlantic Ga., where it takes Air Force and Navy for the title. The Black Knights are looking to be in the hunt for their first title since 2007
After opening March at home the first two weekends, Army returns to the road as it heads to Springfield, Mass., to take on the Pride on March 17 followed by a visit to Philadelphia, Pa., on March 23 to take on defending ECAC champion Temple at McGonigle Hall in its season finale.
The Black Knights begin their postseason schedule on March 29-30 at the College Nationals being hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Army finished fourth the last time it competed at this meet in 2011.
Army returns to Springfield, Mass., compete at the two-day ECAC Championships (April 5-6) as the Black Knights look to finish among the leaders along with crowning an individual champion. The season concludes at the NCAA Championships being held at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State. Last year Army sent its largest individual contingent of nine qualifiers to the NCAAs since 2003 with graduation claiming just two.
In GymInfo's preseason coaches' poll, 13th-ranked Army takes on five ranked teams in No. 4 Penn State, No. 5 Stanford, No. 11 Air Force, No. 12 Temple and No. 14 William & Mary.
Two of the gymnastics meets in February will be broadcast online via Knight Vision, the Black Knights' expansive multimedia platform. The first night of the West Point Open (Feb. 1) and the Army-Navy "Star" match (Feb. 23) will be carried by Knight Vision with Army coordinator of Multi-Media and Broadcasting Heath Trabue handling play-by-play.