Oct. 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy gymnastics team announced its schedule for the upcoming 2014 season on Tuesday. Concluding with national competitions in the form of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championship and the ECAC Championship, the Mids will host a total of six meets at Macdonough Hall in 2014.
"As our opponents in the ECAC have greatly improved in the recent years, Navy Gymnastics has enjoyed these more difficult competitions," said Navy head coach Dr. Sho Fukushima. "We are thriving much more than before and believe that our efforts are exceeding that of our opponents'."
"Our schedule is similar to past seasons, however, we are hosting two big championships, the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championship and the ECAC Conference Championship. Being the winner of the conference championship means so much to our team because it is the automatic qualifier as a team to the NCAA Championships."
Navy will begin its season with a trip to Army for the annual West Point Open on the weekend of Jan. 17.
The following weekend, the Mids will commence home action at Macdonough Hall with the 2014 Navy Open. William & Mary, Temple and Springfield headline the programs that are slated to compete at the event.
Navy starts February with a trip to Houston for the All-Academy Championships. At the 2013 event, the Mids posted a season-high score of 407.3 team points in competition versus Army and Air Force.
One-on-one team action for Navy begins on February 8 when it hosts Army in the annual Star Meet. The Mids have defeated the Cadets four of the past five years in dual meets.
The following weekend, Navy will host William & Mary in the first of two dual meets between the programs. After meeting in Annapolis on Feb. 16, the two teams will face off in Williamsburg, Va. on March 2.
Back-to-back dual meets versus Temple and Springfield will close out the Mids' regular season. The Owls will come to Annapolis on March 8, while Navy will travel to Springfield on March 16.
The championship portion of Navy's season will begin March 21-22 with the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships. The following weekend, Navy will participate in the ECAC Championships. Both events will be hosted at Macdonough Hall.
The 2014 NCAA National Qualifying Meet will take place on April 10, with team and individual finals following on April 11 and 12, respectively. This year's NCAA Qualifying Meet and Championships will take place on the campus of the University of Michigan.