INDIANAPOLIS, September 22, 2021 – USA Gymnastics today announced the U.S. Naval Academy will host the 2022 Men’s Collegiate National Championships March 25-26 in Annapolis, Md. The team and all-around competition will take place Friday with individual apparatus finals slated for Saturday.
"We are so excited to return to the U.S. Naval Academy next year for the Men’s Collegiate National Championships," said Jason Woodnick, USA Gymnastics’ Vice President for Men’s Gymnastics. "This competition has a tremendous history, and the 2022 iteration will be even more special as the pandemic has caused the cancellation of this event for the past two years. We know that the Naval Academy will put on a memorable championships for the athletes, coaches and spectators in attendance."
The Men’s Collegiate National Championships feature two divisions, varsity and the Gymnastics Association of Collegiate Teams (GymACT). The varsity competition features Division I, II and III four-year institutions that offer gymnastics as a varsity sport and provide two or fewer full scholarships. These include the College of William and Mary, Springfield College and the military academies – the U.S. Air Force Academy, the West Point Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy. Participants in the GymACT competition represent degree-granting schools that offer gymnastics as a club sport and include Arizona State University, Georgia United, Kansas City United, New York Alliance, NorCal United, Northern Illinois University, Rocky Mountain Pride, Southern California United, Temple University, the University of Illinois- Chicago, the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was not held in 2020 and 2021. However, teams from the GymACT division were able to compete at the 2021 USA Gymnastics Collegiate GymACT Championships. During the stand-alone event, Arizona State rolled to their 14th consecutive championship behind a dominant performance from all-around champion Kiwan Watts who also took five of six event tiles. In 2019, Navy, bolstered by all-around champion Ryan McVay of Roseville, Calif., claimed the varsity division crown.