Senior gymnast concludes Buckeye career as a four-time All-American
STANFORD, Calif. At the 2008 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Individual Event Finals, the Ohio State men’s gymnastics program saw senior tri-captain Jimmy Wickham wrap up his college career earning All-America status on floor and vault Saturday night in Stanford’s Maples Pavilion. Wickham, a native of Gulfport, Miss., tied for second on floor with a 15.6 while placing third on vault with a 16.325. He ends his Ohio State career as a four-time All-American. At the NCAA championships, the national honor is awarded to the Top 8 gymnasts on all six events. In total Miles Avery, Ohio State men’s gymnastics head coach, has tutored 19 All-Americans in 11 years of work.
“With Jimmy coming in as a walk on and leaving as a four-time All-American, he obviously did a tremendous job his whole career,” Avery said. “He did an outstanding job representing The Ohio State University today and I’m proud of him.”
Saturday night, Wickham became only the second Buckeye in program history to be tabbed a three-time All-American on vault. In 2006, he placed second on vault while in 2007 he finished third to garner the honor. Daren Lynch was the first Buckeye to do so, receiving All-America laurels on vault in 1999, 2000 and ’01. No Ohio State gymnast has earned the status four times on the event. In addition, Wickham is only the eighth gymnast to earn four or more career national honors.
Wickham earned his first All-America honor of the evening on floor, placing second with a 15.6 at the individual events finals Saturday. With the 15.6, Wickham tied Penn State’s Casey Sandy for second while Oklahoma’s Steven Legendre won the national title on floor with a 16.1. The mark also tied his season best which was first set at a tri-meet vs. Temple and Navy (Feb. 2). This season, Wickham led the squad on floor at four meets, including the 2008 Big Ten Championships (April 4) and the NCAA qualifier Thursday. His All-America status on floor makes him the first Buckeye since Randy Monahan in 2005 to earn the national recognition.
The senior nabbed his third-consecutive national honor on vault, ending the night in third place with a 16.325. This year, Wickham led the Buckeyes on the event at all seven competitions he competed in, including the Big Ten and NCAA championships. Oklahoma’s Legendre won his second title of the night with a 16.4.
Competing in his first NCAA individual event final, junior Andy Saurber scored a 13.25 to finish 10th on pommel horse. After having two solid days on the event, Saurber fell off horse early in the routine.
On Friday, junior Jake Bateman was tabbed an All-American in the all-around, finishing sixth with a score of 87.7.