PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –
Heading into his 38th year as head coach of men's gymnastics, Fred Turoff
and the men's gymnastics team have announced their 2014 schedule. The Owls will start the season at the West Point Open on Jan. 17th and 18th.
"This season is a rebuilding one, as over the past two seasons we graduated 14 competitors," Turoff said. "However, the returning talent and some new faces will help us in our effort to place high in the ECAC."
After the West Point Open, the Owls will head to Annapolis, Md. for the Navy Open on Jan. 25. The next weekend, the Owls will have their first home meet of the season against Springfield on Feb. 2nd at 2:00 p.m. The Owls will then head to State College, Pa. for a meet against Penn State University on Feb. 8th.
Temple will host University of Illinois at Chicago and Air Force Academy at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15th for its second home meet of the season. Then the Owls will head to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Winter Cup Challenge on Feb. 20th and 22nd.
The Owls will head back to West Point, N.Y. and Annapolis, Md. the following two weeks. They will face Army on Feb. 28th and Navy on March 8th. The next day on March 9th, the Owls will face Army again in a meet hosted by William and Mary. The regular season will conclude for Temple on March 15th in Columbus, Ohio against Ohio State and Oklahoma.
The ECAC Championships will be held in Annapolis, Md. this year. The team and all-around portion will be on March 28th while the individual event finals will be on March 29th.
The National Qualifying Competition meet will be held at Ann Arbor, Mich. on April 10th. The team and all-around finals portion will take place the following day while the event finals will be on April 12th.
"Grad co-captain John Leonard
will attempt to perform a higher-difficulty floor exercise than before in order to compete for that title in the ECAC, and he is a potential NCAA finalist" Turoff said. "He should help us with several other events as well."
Tufoff also said, "Senior co-captain Scott Haddaway
has improved his floor exercise and horizontal bar routines, so he should count regularly for us there. Senior Brendan Williams
has been a regular for us the past three years, and will be a counter on two or three events this season. Junior Mike Bittner has been cleared for full practice following forearm surgery on both arms this past summer. As a freshman, Mike was our most-consistent performer thanks to his fine pommel horse work, so I expect him to be able to get back to that level. He also does good work on parallel bars and horizontal bar."