April 1, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s gymnasts Jamie Natalie, Daren Lynch and Raj Bhavsar each earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championship Individual Event Finals, Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Natalie won the honor in three events overall, including claiming the all-around and floor exercise titles. Lynch earned the accolade on the vault, while Bhavsar placed third on the parallel bars. The top six individuals in each event receive All-American honors.

After winning the NCAA all-around title and earning All-American honors last night, Natalie began the day by winning the floor exercise crown with a 9.900. Natalie also won the Big Ten floor exercise title with a school-record 9.950. On the still rings, Natalie finished fifth (9.725) to earn All-America honors on that event as well. He was an All-American last year after placing second on the pommel horse at the NCAA Championship. He also competed on the parallel bar, tying for eighth place(9.05).

“Winning these two individual national titles ranks very high on my list of gymnastics achievements,” Natalie said. “It would have been nice to win the team title, but winning the individual titles was definitely exciting.”

On the vault, Lynch earned his second-consecutive All-American honor on the event by scoring a 9.700 to place sixth. He was fifth at the 1999 NCAA Championship on the vault.

“Becoming a two-time All-American was very exciting for me,” Lynch, a team co-captain, said. “Earning five All-American honors and two NCAA titles was a fitting end to a great season for the Buckeyes.”

Bhavsar finished third on the parallel bars with a 9.7625 to claim the All-American nod. He also placed ninth on the still rings with a 9.000.

“Being an All-American was a goal for me coming into the meet,” Bhavsar, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, said. “It’s a great honor and accomplishment to finish in the top six on any event at the national championship, especially as a freshman.” Michael Evans (Fr., Houston, Texas) was seventh on the vault, one spot away from All-American status, with a 9.600. Evans had been an alternate for the individual finals after placing ninth (tied) in the preliminaries, but was moved into the finals after another gymnast withdrew.

Today’s competition ended the Buckeyes’ 2000 season. The squad was 13-1 in the regular season, placed second at the Big Ten Championships and finished sixth at the NCAA Championships.

2000 NCAA Event Champions All-Around Jamie Natalie, Ohio State (58.375) Floor Exercise Jamie Natalie, Ohio State (9.900) Pommel Horse Don Jackson, Iowa (9.9125) Brandon Stefaniak, Penn State (9.9125) Still Rings Cortney Bramwell, Brigham Young (9.950) Parallel Bars Justin Toman, Michigan (9.900) Kris Zimmerman, Michigan (9.900) Vault Guard Young, Brigham Young (9.8250) High Bar Michael Ashe, California (9.900)

NCAA Championship Individual Event Finals Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa, April 1, 2000

Top finisher plus Ohio State results *Top six individuals on each event earn All-America honors

Floor Exercise 1. Jamie Natalie, Ohio State* 9.900

Pommel Horse 1. Don Jackson, Iowa* 9.9125 Brandon Stefaniak, Penn State* 9.9125 No OSU competitors

Still Rings 1. Cortney Bramwell, BYU* 9.950 5. Jamie Natalie, Ohio State* 9.725 9. Raj Bhavsar, Ohio State 9.000

Vault 1. Guard Young, BYU* 9.825 6. Daren Lynch, Ohio State* 9.700 7. Michael Evans, Ohio State 9.600

Parallel Bars 1. Justin Toman, Michigan* 9.900 Kris Zimmerman, Michigan* 9.900 3. Raj Bhavsar, Ohio State* 9.7625 8t. Jamie Natalie, Ohio State 9.0500

High Bar 1. Michael Ashe, California* 9.900 No OSU competitors