COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seven members of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team advanced in the 2011 NCAA Championships Thursday night during the NCAA qualifier at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes posted a season-high 353.750 in the second session of the team qualifier but finished fourth behind Stanford (366.100), California (361.800) and Michigan (360.65), who all advance to the NCAA team final at 7 p.m. Friday in St. John Arena.
Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn and freshman Kris Done will compete for the NCAA all-around crown Friday night after posting a 89.200 and 85.400, respectively. Five other Buckeyes will look to make the Top 10 in their respective events Friday to advance to the 2011 NCAA Individual Event Finals at 7 p.m. Saturday. Senior Sean Regan will compete on floor exercise after notching a career-high 15.200 along with freshman Misha Koudinov, who posted a season-high 14.750. On pommel horse, junior Ty Echard scored a 14.600 to advance, while on vault freshman Jeff Treleaven had a 16.150. On rings, junior Mike Behles had a 15.100 to place himself in the competition Friday night on the event.
“We had a couple of mistakes here and there and you can’t have key guys missing in a competition like this,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “But we kept it together tonight and to have a season-high score definitely showed the character of this team. Brandon and Kris have a great shot at All-America honors. Brandon’s background with his national team experience will help him a lot tomorrow, while Kris has shown he can be consistent after placing second at the conference championships.”
Joining the Sooners, Bears and Wolverines in the team final Friday night will be Oklahoma (363.500), Illinois (356.00) and Penn State (356.000), the top three teams in the first qualifying session.
The Buckeyes began the evening on rings and Wynn once again did not disappoint, tying his career-high mark of 16.300 for first overall in both sessions combined. The Buckeyes claimed a season-high 61.100 on the event.
Next on vault, Wynn and Treleaven both tied for sixth overall in the second session with a 16.150, while Done scored a 15.750. Regan scored a career-high 15.600 to help the Scarlet and Gray to a 63.650, just .200 off their season high.
The squad then moved to parallel bars and Wynn led the team with a season-high 15.250 to tie for sixth overall as the squad notched a season-high 57.400. On high bar, Wynn continued to lead the team on his fourth event of the evening with a 14.650 followed by Done who had a 14.550.
On floor exercise, Regan guided the team to a season-high 59.150 with his career high mark, while Done, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, scored a season-high 14.950. Fellow countryman and classmate Koudinov continued his Buckeye season with his career high score on the event.
On pommel horse, Echard will continue his quest for a national title on the event after finishing seventh overall in the second session.
The team and all-around final Friday will be televised by ESPN2 on tape delay basis at 1:30 p.m. April 21.