COLUMBUS, OhioTy Echard, a junior on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, placed second overall on pommel horse at the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge Saturday night at the Las Vegas Sports Center. The native of Caroll, Ohio, recorded a 15.0 in his first USA Gymnastics event finals for a two-day total of 29.950. A 2009 All-American, Echard is second in the nation on the event with a 15.4 average in 2011.

Also performing well for the Buckeyes was freshman Jeff Treleaven, who finished fifth overall on vault with a 31.600 two-day total. Treleaven, who earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Jan. 17, scored a 15.9 in the finals to earn his first Top 5 USA Gymnastics finish in his Buckeye career. The native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Treleaven also competed on floor exercise, tallying a 27.250 two-day total.

Senior Sean Regan also gained valuable experience during the finals, competing on floor exercise, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.

Jeff Treleaven did an excellent vault in the finals, doing a little bit better than the first day,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “Jeff also improved during his second competition on floor exercise too. On pommel horse, Ty Echard scored a little bit better the second day, and that’s the type of improvement we are looking out of our guys as we prepare for the Big Ten Championships and hosting NCAA Championships this spring.”

“For a pommel horse specialist to get that close to making the national team is outstanding for Ty Echard,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson said. “Jeff did very well and I was impressed with his composure during the entire weekend. Sean Regan did well in his events and gained some finals experience. Overall, this meet was a good confidence booster as we head back into the dual season next week.”

Up next, the Buckeyes will have their home opener vs. Brockport at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena.