COLUMBUS, Ohio – After preliminary competition, three Buckeyes advanced to the finals at the USA Gymnastics’ Winter Cup Challenge Thursday at the Las Vegas Sports Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Senior Sean Regan, junior Ty Echard and freshman Jeff Treleaven will be representing the Scarlet and Gray in the finals of the elite national meet.
The Winter Cup Challenge, which wheedles 120 of the top male gymnasts down to 42 for the finals, will conclude at 10:15 ET Saturday.
Echard, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, had a solid performance during the first session for the Buckeyes on pommel horse, finishing second overall with a score of 14.95. Last March, Echard set the OSU program record with a 15.7 at Michigan on the event. Daniel Riberiro from Illinois won horse with a 16.0.
Treleaven, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jan. 17, placed fourth on vault with a 15.7 score. Treleaven is currently fifth in the NCAA with a 15.9 season average.
Regan, a native of Libertyville, Ill., placed seventh on vault with a 15.350, which is a career-high on the event for the veteran Buckeye. In his first action since the Windy City Invitational Jan. 15, Regan finished the all-around competition with a 73.95.
Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn, the reigning rings champion at the national event, was scratched from the competition. Also competing for the Buckeyes in the prelims was sophomore Blaize Monks who scored a 13.95 on floor exercise. The native of Noblesville, Ind., also performed on vault and high bar.Junior Philip Onorato competed on floor exercise for the Scarlet and Gray. Former Buckeye and current volunteer assistant coach Tai Lee scored a 76.55 on the all-around competition highlighted by a 13.5 mark on high bar.
USA GYMNASTICS ON YOUTUBE
USA Gymnastics has been uploading videos from the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge on YouTube. Here are links to Ohio State student-athletes, both current and former.
Jeff Treleaven – vault – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HckTzkiveNE&p=C1A93F8D720CDBBB
Sean Regan – floor – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXU9aSA2JJU&p=C1A93F8D720CDBBB