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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team has been selected to advance to the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics National Qualifier held April 14 on its home campus at St. John Arena in Columbus. The Buckeyes, who will host the championships for the third time in program history (1995 and 2001), are guided by interim co-head coaches Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson.

“It’s great to qualify for the NCAA qualifier and having the championships at home at St. John Arena is definitely an advantage for us. We are very excited to compete in front of our home crowd,” said Stibel.

“Once again, we are honored to be in this position and we are looking for continued success in the program and for The   Ohio State University,” Wilson said. “We are going to do our best to win a championship for the Buckeyes.”

THE LOGISTICS
The national qualifier is comprised of 12 teams with the field split into two qualifying sessions. Ohio State, as the seventh seed, will compete in the second qualifying session at 7 p.m. April 14 along with No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Cal, No. 6 Michigan, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Iowa. The first qualifying session begins at 1 p.m. consists of No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Penn State, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Air Force and No. 12 UIC.

The Top 3 teams from each qualifying round move on to the team championships held at 7 p.m. April 15 televised on ESPN2. The top competitors on each event duke it out for individual NCAA titles at 7 p.m. April 16.

BUCKEYES SET TO HOST THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tickets for the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics championships, hosted by the Ohio State University April 14-16 in St. John Arena, are currently on sale.

All seating in St. John Arena will be general admission with single-session tickets starting at $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and  $5 for groups of 10 or more. All-session tickets also can be purchased for $28 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Group tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 614-292-3862 or by emailing ohiostatets1@buckeyes.ath.ohio-state.edu. Fans also can visit the official NCAA men’s gymnastics championships web page link to order tickets online through Ticketmaster (link is available on bottom left of page).