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South Campus Gateway event showcases student-athletes’ all-around success

COLUMBUS, Ohio In gymnastics, the all-around is a competition made for the sport’s most skilled, disciplined and talented athletes. As student-athletes, the members of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team have won the all-around garnering championship titles in the gym and in the classroom.

In an event held at the South Campus Gateway, The Ohio State University and the Department of Athletics honored the squad as the 2007 National Academic Team Champions Friday. Last year, the Buckeyes rewrote history by becoming the first OSU team in program history to receive the academic honor from the College Gymnastics Association.

With a 3.4 cumulative grade point average (GPA), the Buckeyes snapped Stanford’s four-year streak as the top academic team in the nation. Not only was the award a Buckeye first but it also logged a Big Ten Conference first. With the honor, Ohio State becomes just the fourth program to receive the title and joins the ranks of Stanford, MIT and William & Mary.

Beyond finding success in the classroom, Ohio State remained competitive in the gym securing it third-consecutive Big Ten championship title to tally five conference wins in the last seven years.

At the event, guest speakers including Dean of Undergraduate Studies Martha Garland, Director of Athletics Gene Smith, Ohio State men’s gymnastics coach Miles Avery and former OSU gymnasts Dr. Jamie Natalie and Kristopher Kline congratulated the squad for living out the pride and tradition of excellence the university strives to maintain.

Avery was presented by Smith with a $3,400 check for the team’s discretionary fund, in representation of the squad’s winning 3.4 GPA, and the student-athletes received engraved medals to commemorate the achievement.

Ohio State supporters turned out on a crisp November afternoon to recognize their Buckeyes with the support of the OSU marching band and cheerleaders. Afterwards, fans lined up for an autograph session with the 2008 team.

Working with the athletic and academic support systems at Ohio State, the men’s gymnastics team continues to turn out all-around champions.