Aug. 11, 2001

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State men’s gymnast Raj Bhavsar (Jr., Houston, Texas) earned a spot on the U.S. World Championship Team by placing fourth at the 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Philadelphia Friday.%^$

%^$Buckeyes Jamey Houle (So., Enfield, Conn.), Dick Huntwork (Jr., Pickerington, Ohio) and Michael Evans (Jr., Houston, Texas) also had strong meets. Houle and Huntwork tied for 18th and Evans placed 27th.%^$

%^$After finishing eighth in the preliminary round with a score of 51.775, Bhavsar moved up to fourth with the fourth-highest score in the final round (52.775). He was the highest-placing collegiate gymnast in the meet with a combined total of 104.550.%^$

%^$Huntwork and Houle both posted combined scores of 97.575. Evans recorded a total of 95.000.%^$

%^$Former Buckeye Daren Lynch competed in the meet as a four-event specialist. His highest score of the meet was a 9.250 on vault in the final. He also recorded a 9.100 on rings in the final session.%^$

%^$In all, 36 gymnasts competed in the championships. Sean Townsend claimed the national title with a two-day total of 109.200. The other members of the world championship team include Townsend, Brett McClure, Stephen McCain, Guard Young and Paul Hamm.%^$