2018 Slate Announced for Navy Gymnastics Program
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics program announced its 2018 schedule on Monday. Coming off back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championships, the Mids will test themselves with nine regular season competitions, including head-to-head meets with Oklahoma and Michigan before heading into a trio of postseason championships. Under the direction of third-year head coach Kip Simons, Navy kicks off its 2018 slate on Friday, January 12 at the two-day West Point Open.
Following the first weekend of action at West Point, the Mids will return home to Macdonough Hall for the 2018 Navy Open on Saturday, Jan. 20. The hosts are the three-time defending champions of the meet after posting a score of 397.65 to finish atop the four-team field. Navy ended up 7.05 points ahead of second place, William & Mary.
After the home opener, Navy will continue early season action within the friendly confines of Macdonough Hall for consecutive EIGL conference meets. On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Mids will welcome William & Mary to Annapolis before hosting the Black Knights of Army seven days later on Feb. 3 in the Annual Star Meet. In 2017, Navy split a home-and-home series with William & Mary with each squad winning their respective home meet. Navy will be looking to avenge last year’s victory by Army in the Star Meet as the host Black Knights edged the Mids, 405.85 to 402.80 at West Point.
Another showdown between Army and Navy will take place the following week in San Antonio at the 2018 All-Academy Championship on Feb. 10. Air Force will join the fray as the three service academy schools will battle for supremacy at the neutral site location.
Beginning on Feb. 24, the Mids will close out the duel portion of its schedule with three straight weeks of action. A trip to Norman, Okla. and the University of Oklahoma begins the stretch of three consecutive road meets. The Sooners have captured the NCAA Championship in each of the last three years and 11 national titles overall. After returning from Oklahoma, a weekend of EIGL action awaits Navy with a Friday meet on March 2 at William & Mary and a Sunday contest at Springfield College on March 4.
The last regular season competition for Navy in 2018 will be a Senior Day showdown with the University of Michigan on Saturday, March 17. Both teams were a part of the 2017 NCAA Championship Qualifying Meet and finished near each other in the standings as Michigan ranked ninth with a 406.95 score, while Navy was 11th at 400.65. The Mids return three seniors for the 2018 season with Noah Beeman serving as the team captain. Vadim Ivanov and Andy Jones make up the rest of the Class of 2018.
The Mids’ postseason championship docket begins on March 30-31 with two days of action at the USAG Collegiate Championship at the United States Air Force Academy. Eight programs from across the varsity and collegiate club ranks are scheduled to compete at the national event.
The following week on Saturday, April 7, Navy will serve as the host institution for the 2018 ECAC Championship. The one-day event will be held at Macdonough Hall. Navy most recently hosted the league championship in 2014. Army, Illinois-Chicago, Springfield and William & Mary will join Navy in the five-team field for the championship.
The culmination of a strenuous four-month competition season is the NCAA Championship on the weekend of April 20-21. Continuing the qualification formula that started in 2017, the top-12 teams in terms of the national qualifying average, regardless of conference affiliation will earn their way to the NCAA meet. The University of Illinois-Chicago is set to host the national competition.