May 27, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ronald Ferris and Randy Monahan, two members of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, will travel to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the 2004 U.S. Gymnastics Championships June 2-5. The U.S. championships pave the way for gymnasts not already on the senior national team to qualify for the 2004 U.S. National Team program and the Olympic trials, set for June 24-27 in Anaheim, Calif.

Monahan (Jr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) earned his bid to the championships by finishing third in the all-around at the 2004 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, as the Top 3 all-around finishers secured a spot in the national field of contenders. The 2004 Buckeye co-captain concluded the OSU season as the 2004 Big Ten Male Gymnast of the Year and the Big Ten all-around champion. Monahan was an All-American on high bar and in the all around and maintains the NCAA all-around record of 56.5.

The Big Ten high bar champion, Ferris (So., Austintown, Ohio) is eligible for the championships after he tied for seventh in the all around at the U.S. National Qualifiers. Ferris was one of 18 gymnasts that advanced. In addition to winning the Big Ten high bar crown and being named to the All-Big Ten team, Ferris secured his first All-America honor on high bar at the NCAA championships.

Former Buckeyes Raj Bhavsar (2000-2003) and Blaine Wilson (1994-1997) also will compete in the championships, along with Morgan and Paul Hamm and Jason Furr. Bhavsar, the Hamms, Furr and Wilson train with Ohio State head coach Miles Avery at Steelwood Athletic Facility in Columbus, Ohio.