Aug. 15, 2011

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Men’s Gymnastics Schedule of Events
2011 VISA Championships
Saint Paul, Minn.
Xcel Enery Center
Wednesday, Aug. 17
Senior Men’s Competition Day 1 – 7:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Aug. 19
Senior Men’s Competition Finals – 7:30 p.m. ET

Men’s Gymnastics Broadcast Dates and Times (All Times Eastern)
Aug. 19 – Men’s Final Day- 8-11 p.m. Universal Sports (LIVE)
Aug. 21 – Men’s Final Day- 2:30-4 p.m. NBC Sports (Tape Delayed)

Webcasts Dates and Times (All Times Eastern)
Aug. 19 – Men’s Final Day (Video on demand following Universal Sports broadcast)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Five Buckeyes are set to compete at the 2011 Visa Championships, the USA Gymnastics national championships, Aug. 17-20 in St. Paul, Minn., at the Xcel Energy Center. Former Buckeye and current U.S. National team member Brandon Wynn, rising senior Ty Echard, rising sophomore Jeff Treleaven, and former Buckeyes Sean Regan and Tai Lee will compete in the nation’s elite event. Day one of competition begins at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday followed by the finals at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

“I think during the past four weeks up to the qualifier, the guys did a lot of improvements in their routines,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “Those improvements that have been made will hopefully lead to them hitting their sets at the championships.”

Wynn, a native of Voorhees, N.J., claimed back-to-back NCAA national rings in 2010 and 2011 and has an opportunity to win the U.S. national rings title for the second-consecutive year. The 2011 Nissen-Emery Finalist would be the first Buckeye in program history to win back-to-back national titles since Blaine Wilson(1999 and 2000).

“For Brandon, he wants to show that he is not just a specialist on rings, but in the all-around competition as well,” Sharipov said. “The other key events for him will be parallel bars, vault, floor exercise and high bar. My advice for Brandon was if you are trying to increase the start value, make sure it’s not going to change your execution.”

In 2010, the six-time All-American claimed the U.S. rings title after posting a two-day total of 32.250, while finishing third in the all-around competition with a combined total of 178.700. Most recently, Wynn contributed to the USA team’s silver medal at the 2011 Puerto Rico Cup where he took the still rings gold and all-around silver medals.

The four other Buckeyes – Echard, Treleaven, Regan and Lee – all will be making their first appearance at U.S. men’s senior national championship.

Echard, a native of Carroll, Ohio, finished second overall on pommel horse with a 14.350 at the NCAA championships last spring. The two-time All-American on the event will compete at his first U.S senior national championship.

“Ty will have to show that he can hit one of the best executions of pommel horse, which I think is a key event for the team in general,” Sharipov said.

Treleaven, a native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., performed on four events at the U.S. qualifier highlighted by the top vault score at the competition. Treleaven earned his first career All-America honor in April after notching a 16.100 on vault for third place at the NCAA event championships.

Lee, a four-year letterman for the Buckeyes from 2007-10, highlighted the all-around competition with a fourth-place finish, posting an 81.000. Lee notched three Top 10 performances, including third on high bar (14.200), sixth on vault (15.150) and tied for eighth on floor exercise (13.900).

Regan, who completed his four seasons in the Scarlet and Gray in 2010, represented the Buckeyes in the all-around competition at the U.S. qualifier, claiming a 78.300 mark for 13th place. Regan also had a strong outing, finishing tied for sixth on floor exercise (13.950), seventh on rings (13.750) and tied for seventh on vault (15.100).

“The guys have to be ready for anything at the championships – physically and mentally,” Sharipov said. “At this level of competition, the guy that is more mentally ready is going to win.”

In all, 48 gymnasts will be competing in the senior division at the national championships. NBC Sports and Universal Sports will broadcast and webcast the action from both the men’s and women’s gymnastics competition.