No. 10 Nebraska at Rocky Mountain Open
Saturday, Jan. 11 | 7 p.m. CST
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Cadet West Gymnasium)
The No. 10 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team will open their 2014 season this weekend against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 11 Air Force, Arizona State and Washington. The five-group rotation will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 7 p.m. CST in the Cadet West Gymnasium.
The United States Air Force Academy will provide a live video feed. Streaming will be available on GoAirForceFalcons.com. Fans are invited to follow the Huskers on Twitter (@NebraskaMGym) for live updates during the meet, as well as occasional updates throughout the night on Facebook (Nebraska Men's Gymnastics)
Scouting the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners
A Glance at Oklahoma
Head Coach: Mark Williams
2013 Record: 10-1
2013 NCAA Finish: 2
The Sooners enter 2014 following a ninth-straight conference title and a second-place NCAA finish in 2013. OU scored 435.350 to capture the MPSF championship over Stanford, California and Air Force. They carried momentum into the first day of NCAA competition, but lost their national title to Michigan on the second night after scoring a 440.100 in late April.
Oklahoma returns thirteen gymnasts from last season’s lineup while adding six newcomers to their lineup. All-Americans Alec Robin and Michael Squires lead the Sooners.
Scouting the No. 11 Air Force Academy Falcons
A Glance at the Air Force Academy
Head Coach: Kip Simons
2013 Record: 9-4
2013 NCAA Finish: N/A
After winning their fourth consecutive USAG national title, the Falcons look to keep their No. 11 national ranking. The USAFA scored a 420.850 at the USAG championships, then a 416.400 at the MPSF Championships. The Falcons finished their season with a 417.900 at the NCAA Team Qualifiers.
They return fourteen gymnasts, adding five to their 2014 lineup. USAG champions Josh Ramos, Mac Ritchie, Ben Zaiser, Nick Gaudlip and Nick Own will look to lead their team throughout the season, along with five other USAG All-Americans.
Scouting the Arizona State Sun Devils
A Glance at Arizona State
Head Coach: Scott Barclay
2012 Record: N/A
2012 NCAA Finish: N/A
Arizona State returns to the Rocky Mountain Open as consistent competitors. They return nineteen gymnasts for the 2014 season and welcome six freshmen to the team. The Sun Devils open their schedule in Colorado Springs then continue on to face California on Feb. 8.
Scouting the Washington Huskies
A Glance at Washington
Head Coach: Marc Russo
2012 Record: N/A
2012 NCAA Finish: N/A
Washington enters the Rocky Mountain Open as first-time competitors. They return seven gymnasts for the 2014 season and welcome five freshmen to the team. The Huskies open their schedule in Colorado Springs then continue on to the Stanford Open on Jan. 25.
Rotation Order at the Rocky Mountain Open
Parallel Bars - High Bar - Floor - Pommel Horse - Rings - Vault
Floor - Pommel Horse - Rings - Vault - Parallel Bars - High Bar
Pommel Horse - Rings - Vault - Parallel Bars - High Bar - Floor
Vault - Parallel Bars - High Bar - Floor - Pommel Horse - Rings
Rings - Vault - Parallel Bars - High Bar - Floor - Pommel Horse
Huskers Add Five New Gymnasts
Nebraska welcomed five new additions to their lineup in 2014. Joining the team are freshmen Connor Adamsick, Antonio Castro, Travis Gollott, Andrew Klump and Brenon Sommers. Adamsick came to NU after qualifying for junior national championships five times throughout his career. The Mundelein, Ill., native previously trained at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center. Castro attended the Junior Olympic Nationals and Region 8 Championships multiple times during his junior career. A native of Pinecrest, Fla., Castro was voted the 2013 Florida State Gymnast of the Year.
Gollott trained under award-winning head coach Vince Miller during his junior career. A strong all-around competitor, he claimed the California State Champion, Regional Champion and Junior Olympic National Champion titles in 2013. Klump, a Plymouth, Minn., native came to Nebraska after claiming the 2013 national pommel horse title. Sommers looks to add more depth to the Huskers' rings lineup.
NU in the Preseason Polls: Tenth Nationally, Seventh in Big Ten
The GymInfo 2014 Preseason Coaches' Poll ranked the Huskers tenth nationally, falling three positions from where they finished in NCAA team competition in 2013. Michigan, the reigning national champions, topped the poll with all eleven first place votes, followed by No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Stanford.
Nebraska also grabbed seventh place in the Big Ten coaches' preaseason poll, announced in mid-December. The Huskers finished in the same position as their team finish at the 2013 Big Ten Championships. Michigan claimed the No. 1 position, followed by No. 2 Ohio State. Illinois (No. 3), Penn State (No. 4) and Minnesota (No. 5) finished out the top 5. All seven of the Big Ten schools with men's gymnastics programs placed in the top ten nationally.
Nebraska will return to Nebraska for their home opener against Air Force following this weekend’s meet. The meet will take place at the newly-rennovated Devaney Center on January 25 at 1 p.m. They will then head back on the road to challenge Minnesota in Minneapolis on February 1 at 7 p.m.