Oct. 5, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy gymnastics team released its 2012-13 schedule today; a lineup that includes three home meets at Macdonough Hall. A young Navy squad, which is primarily comprised of underclassmen, will begin the 2013 campaign with the annual Navy Open on Jan. 19.
"We'll be looking to Chris Junghans for his leadership this season," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We have seven sophomores and 12 newcomers that will have to adapt quickly. I'm sure we'll have an exciting season with the newcomers as we see how they react during the year. We'll certainly have some growing pains, too."
The Mids will welcome William & Mary, Temple, Penn State and Springfield to this year's Navy Open. The annual home invitational kicked-off the season for the Mids last year as well where they placed second.
The following weekend, Navy will host William & Mary in the first of three dual meets between the programs. The two teams will meet on Jan. 27 and March 9 in Annapolis and on March 16 in Williamsburg, Va. The Mids and Tribe competed on consecutive weekends last season with each team winning at its home venue.
Navy will make the first of two trips to Army on Feb. 1-2 for the West Point Open. Navy will return to West Point on Feb. 23 for the annual Star Meet. The Midshipmen will be looking to retain the Star as they have captured each of the last four duals with Army.
In addition to the West Point Open and Star meet, the Black Knights make two more appearances on the Mids' schedule. Navy will join both Army and Air Force on Feb. 16 for the All-Academy Championships, which will be held in Atlanta, Ga. The Mids fell just short of claiming the All-Academy title last season, missing the top spot by only two points.
On March 23, Navy will head to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on both Army and Temple.
The championship portion of the Mids' season will begin March 29-30 with the USAG Championships in Williamsburg, Va. The following weekend, Navy will be in Springfield, Mass., for the ECAC Championships.
The 2013 NCAA National Qualifying Meet will take place on April 18, with team and individual finals following on April 19 and 20, respectively. This year's NCAA Qualifying Meet and Championships will take place on the campus of Penn State in University Park, Pa.