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April 4, 2002

Norman, Okla.–The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team qualified for the NCAA Team Championship after finishing first at the opening 2002 NCAA National Qualifier held today in the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. The Buckeyes, with a score of 215.375, finished 1.300 points in front of the other two teams to qualify for the team finals – second-place Michigan (214.075) and third-place Stanford (214.000).

Ohio State will compete at 7 p.m. Friday night in the Lloyd Noble Center for the NCAA title. The all-around championship and individual event qualifiers also will be determined in that session.

OSU began the session on vault with a score of 36.100, which put the Buckeyes in first place after the first rotation ahead of second-place Stanford (36.075). The Buckeyes were led by Michael Evans with a score of 9.100, which is his season high on the event.

The Buckeyes moved to parallel bars for the second rotation and, with a score of 34.875, fell to fourth place. Their overall score of 70. 975 put the Buckeyes nearly six-tenths of a point behind first-place Stanford (71.550). Junior Dick Huntwork was the high scorer for OSU on parallel bars with an 8.800.

OSU had a strong showing on high bar (35.400), during the third rotation, marking the halfway point of the competition with OSU standing in third place (106.375). The Buckeyes were looking up at Michigan (107.750) and Stanford (107.100) going into the fourth rotation. Freshman Randy Monahan lead the way on high bar scoring a 9.150.

The Buckeyes moved into second place after the fourth rotation on the strength of their 36.750 on floor exercise. OSU, 143.125, trailed first-place Stanford (144.075) entering the fifth rotation in which the Buckeyes competed on pommel horse and Stanford moved to parallel bars. Huntwork, who entered the floor exercise competition ranked fourth nationally, lead the way again as he scored a 9.550. Ohio State ended the fifth rotation in first place with its score of 179.325, which was almost a full point ahead of second place-Stanford (178.400). OSU scored a 36.200 on the strength of junior Raj Bhavsar’s 9.450.

OSU competed on rings in the final rotation, posting a 36.050, which was enough to hold on to the top spot.

Miles Avery, Buckeye head coach, said Bhavsar was scheduled to compete in only two events, but after a poor start he was forced to use the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year more than he would have liked.

“He (Bhavsar) was scheduled to only compete in two events,” Avery said. “We had to use him because we were not performing well and he is our go-to-guy. I told him to suit up and get in and he went in and did a great job for us.”

NCAA Qualifying Session I Ohio State: 215.375 (1st of 6) Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Okla. April 4, 2002 Ohio State Individual Results and Top Performers

Vault Pommel Horse 1. Dan Gill, SU 9.700 1. Clay Strother, Minn. 9.675 10t. Michael Evans, OSU 9.100 2. Bhavsar, OSU 9.450 16t. Kerry Adderly, OSU 9.000 5t. Van Sickle, OSU 9.300 16t. Dick Huntwork, OSU 9.000 15. Houle, OSU 8.800 16t. Earnest Nelson, OSU 9.000 18t. Ryan Schwartzkopf, OSU 8.650 28t. Randy Monahan, OSU 8.900 29t. Huntwork, OSU 8.100 36t. Cody Trobaugh, OSU 8.700 36. Monahan, OSU 7.750

Floor Exercise Parallel Bars 1. Huntwork, OSU 9.550 1. Gill, SU 9.100 2. Raj Bhavsar, OSU 9.475 6t. Huntwork, OSU 8.800 11. Adderly, OSU 8.875 8. Bhavsar, OSU 8.750 12. Monahan, OSU 8.850 9. Houle, OSU 8.725 17t. Evans, OSU 8.800 13t. Adderly, OSU 8.600 24t. Houle, OSU 8.750 26t. Monahan, OSU 8.200 36. Cody Trobaugh, OSU 7.800

Still Rings High Bar 1. Bhavsar, OSU 9.350 1. Bob Rogers, UI 9.375 5t. Matt Smith, OSU 9.150 4. Monahan, OSU 9.150 12t. Monahan, OSU 8.800 6t. Evans, OSU 8.900 15t. Eric Van Sickle, OSU 8.750 6t. Houle, OSU 8.900 21t. Mitch Claman, OSU 8.600 23t. Huntwork, OSU 8.450 23t. Huntwork, OSU 8.550 26t. Nelson, OSU 8.350 41t. Claman, OSU 7.750