COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team announced its team captains for the upcoming 2022-23 season on Thursday. Luke Smigliani will be serving as a team captain for the second time, while Donovan Hewitt and Tyler Rockwood join him as new captains. All three were named OSU Scholar Athletes following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.
“Being named captain again means so much to me because it proves that my coaches and teammates believe in my abilities to help lead and inspire both current and future Buckeyes to chase their dreams of becoming a champion,” Smigliani said.
Smigliani returns in 2022-23 for his final year of eligibility after a successful 2021-22 season. Smigliani was a staple on pommel horse and rings for the Buckeyes this past season, qualifying for the Big Ten Championships event finals on pommel horse and finishing fourth (13.550). He also led the Buckeyes on pommel horse during the Big Ten team championships (13.600). Smigliani earned a win on pommel horse in the tri-meet against Army and William & Mary (13.150).
“Being captain means the world to me,” Hewitt said. “At the end of the day, gymnastics is not forever. What is forever is the relationships I get to make with my teammates. The bond that we’ve all created is so special to me and getting to lead them is a dream.”
Hewitt earned wins on rings for Ohio State at the Big Ten team championship meet (14.450) and NCAA qualifier (14.166). The All-Big Ten Second Team honoree finished the regular season ranked third on rings (14.213) and 20th on vault (14.350) based on four-score averages. Hewitt, a political science major, was named CGA Specialist of the Week on February 23. He earned five regular season event wins this year – rings vs. Michigan (14.200), vault vs. Army/William & Mary (14.800), rings at Oklahoma (14.000) and two wins in the Big Ten Championship clinching win vs. Nebraska (rings – 14.300, vault – 14.450). Hewitt tied for the highest score among OSU’s roster on vault this season (14.800) and finished in the top-three on rings in every dual meet.
“To be selected to lead as a junior means the world to me and I couldn’t be more excited for another two years with this team and university,” Rockwood said.
Rockwood posted career-highs on both rings (13.750) and parallel bars (13.700) this past season, recording the 13.750 on rings at the Big Ten Championships. He earned the 13.700 on parallel bars in the tri-meet win against Army and William & Mary. Rockwood qualified for the individual event finals at the Big Ten Championships in rings, finishing 10th overall.