April 23, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team finished second tonight in the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Team Finals in Lincoln, Neb. The Buckeyes trailed winner Michigan, who led throughout the course of the night. The Wolverines tallied a season-high 232.50 to claim the Championship for the first time since 1970. Ohio State finished with a team score of 230.85. Host Nebraska was third with 228.20 points.

The Buckeyes set new career and season bests for the night. Mike Canales (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.) set a new season individual best on the floor exercise (9.65) and tied his individual season best on the horizontal bar (9.550). Adam Elliott (Fr., Erlanger, Ky.) set a new career best on pommel horse (9.300), while Peter Landry (Sr., Lewiston, Maine) tied his individual season best on still rings (9.700). Doug Stibel (Sr., Canton, Mich.) set a new season and career best for the floor exercise (9.775) and Jay Nardelli (So., Centreville, Va.) established a new career high on the floor exercise (9.400) as well as a personal season best.

Head coach Miles Avery said, “Finishing as the second-best team in the country is a pretty good accomplishment and is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. It means even more because people counted this team out even before the season started. I am not disappointed with our performance. It gives us something to work toward next fall. I am very proud of these guys and this team.”

The NCAA Championship concludes tomorrow night with the individual event finals at 7 p.m.

Team Scores Michigan 232.55 Ohio State 230.85 Nebraska 229.60