Aug. 5, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seven members of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team were named All-America Scholar-Athletes for the 2014 season by the College Gymnastics Association.
Michael Newburger was honored as one of seven individuals to earn First Team Academic All-America honors for all four years of athletic eligibility. Newburger, the NCAA- and Ohio State-record holder on pommel horse (16.25), spent the entirety of the 2014 season as the No. 1-ranked gymnast in the event, concluding his career with nine individual titles and a national championship on pommel in 2013.
Academically, the Austin, Texas, native was the 2014 Capital One All-American of the Year for the Division I Men’s At-Large program and a two-time Capital One Academic First Team honoree, as well as a four-time Distinguished Merit Scholar, National Buckeye Scholar and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Newburger was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, a Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist and recipient of the 2014 Big Ten and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. He graduated this past spring with a 3.96 grade point average as a double major in physics and mathematics and will pursue a Ph.D. at Ohio State.
Nick Tagliaferro, Emeric Quade and Misha Koudinov were also named First Team All-America Scholar-Athletes. Tagliaferro and Koudinov, seniors on the 2014 squad, were both four-time OSU Scholar Athletes and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honorees, while Quade, a rising redshirt sophomore, is a two-time OSU Scholar Athlete, 2014 Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Eminence Scholar.
In addition to three first-team selections, Ohio State had three individuals honored as Second Team All-America Scholar-Athletes: rising junior Jake Martin, sophomore Andrew Rickly and senior Alex Nork.
As a team, the Buckeyes earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. William and Mary claimed the national academic championship with a 3.62 team grade point average.