Five Buckeyes Advance at 2013 NCAA Championships
April 19, 2013
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Five members of the No. 5 Ohio State men's gymnastics team advanced to the 2013 NCAA Team and All-Around Finals after the second qualifying session at Rec Hall Friday night. The Buckeyes tallied a 421.950 team score but finished fifth behind Penn State (436.900), Stanford (435.850), Iowa (426.550) and California (426.550).
"It was a rough day for us as a team," Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "We made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but I believe that the team was fighting throughout the whole competition. We did what we could but we came up short. We have five guys who qualified to the championship and we're going to go and do our best to try and make it to the finals. I'm really proud of the team this year. We've come a long way as a team and I think that's the most important piece."
Individually, five Buckeyes advanced to competition Saturday night where they will look to make the Top 10 in their respective events and advance to the 2013 Individual Event Finals at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven, a 2011 All-American, tied for first place overall on vault (15.00) with Stanford's Eddie Penev. Redshirt junior Michael Newburger, a 2012 All-American, scored a 14.700 on pommel horse to finish sixth overall, while sophomore and 2012 All-American Danny Steiner earned a 15.000 on floor exercise to finish in fifth place. In addition, sophomore Drew Moling posted a 14.700 on rings to finish within the Top 15 and true freshman Alex Johnson earned a 14.200 on high bar to advance and end the night in the Top 10.
The Buckeyes opened the meet on pommel horse, earning a 68.900 team score. Behind Newburger, senior John Laing scored a 14.500 to finish second and sophomore Alex Nork posted a 14.450 to round out the top three Buckeyes.
Ohio State moved to rings for the second rotation, tallying a 72.300 total score. Moling paved the way for the team, while Johnson posted a career-high 14.650 to earn the second-best team score and sophomore Will Jeffreys posted a 14.400 to finish third.
The Buckeyes advanced to vault for the third rotation. Behind Treleaven, Moling earned a 14.700 to finish second on the team, while Steiner and classmate Andrew Teal each earned a 14.300.
The Scarlet and Gray competed on parallel bars in the fourth rotation and were led by Nork who tallied a 14.100. Mayer finished second with a 13.900 and Steiner placed third with a 13.850.
Ohio State performed on high bar in the fifth rotation, before ending the qualifying session on floor exercise. Behind Johnson on high bar, Nork earned a 14.000 and junior Brandän Jones notched a 13.400.
Jeffreys scored a 14.800 and Treleaven scored a 14.750 to round out the top three on floor exercise behind Steiner.
The 2013 NCAA Team and All-Around Finals will be held at Rec Hall Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.