Zoomie Rugby Football Club

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The Zoomie Rugby Football Club (ZRFC) is an unofficial title used by both the men's and women's rugby union teams at the United States Air Force Academy. Zoomie is slang for a cadet or graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.

History[edit]

The U.S. Air Force Academy men's rugby team began in 1968. In 1980, the Air Force began competing in collegiate rugby under USA rugby, as the NCAA does not sponsor rugby as a sport. Fit and fast described play in those early years, prompting the Eastern Rockies Rugby Union President, Terry Fleener,[1] to coin the nickname "Zoomies"... which stuck and continues on to this day. Since that time, the Air Force men's rugby team has made 13 appearances in the national tournament, earning three national championships—in 1989, 1990 and 2003. Several players have gone on to represent the USA on the US Men's National Team, including Ben Trautwein, Matt Schmitz, Josh Dean, Mike Hobson, Brian Lemay, and Eric Duechle.

The U.S. Air Force Academy women's team was founded in 1977, shortly after the first admission of women to the academy. The women's team competed within Colorado for several years, but moved to national competition when the women's national championship competition was organized in 1991. The women's team won the first national championship that same year, and have gone on to win three more, in 1994, 2002 and 2003. Two of the Air Force women's players, Shalanda Baker and Laura McDonald, have gone on to play for the United States Women's National Team.

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

See footnote[2]

  • 1980 National runners up
  • 1983 National runners up
  • 1986 National 3rd place
  • 1987 National runners up
  • 1988 National 3rd place
  • 1989 National Champions
  • 1990 National Champions
  • 1992 National 3rd place
  • 1993 National runners up
  • 1994 National 3rd place
  • 1995 National runners up
  • 2003 National Champions
  • 2004 National 3rd Place

Women[edit]

See footnote[3]

  • 1991 National Champions
  • 1992 National 3rd place
  • 1993 National runners up
  • 1994 National Champions
  • 1995 National 3rd place
  • 1996 National 3rd place
  • 1997 National 3rd place
  • 1998 National 4th place
  • 2002 National Champions
  • 2003 National Champions

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.usrugbyfoundation.org/site/pp.asp?c=9fLHJVOxHmE&b=8977379
  2. ^ Men's National Collegiate Champions: D I (1980-present). eRugbyNews. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  3. ^ Women's National Collegiate Champions: D I (1991-present). eRugbyNews. Retrieved 2010-02-06.

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