April 7, 2000

Ohio State men’s gymnasts Ben Falkner (So., Norwell, Mass.), Daren Lynch (Jr., Londonderry, N.H.) and Jamie Natalie (Jr., Hockessin, Del.) were each named to the winter academic all-Big Ten team, the conference office announced today. Falkner is a journalism major, while Lynch and Natalie are both studying exercise science.

Lynch, a two-time All-American on the vault, and Natalie, the 2000 NCAA Champion in both the all-around and the floor exercise, both earned the honor for the second-consecutive season.

Overall, 354 conference student-athletes, including 30 Buckeyes, were named to the academic team. To be eligible, each student-athlete must be a letterwinner in at least their second academic year at their institution and must carry a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Each OSU men’s gymnast had a GPA of over 3.50.