Feb. 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two current and one former member of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team advanced to the finals of the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge Thursday night at the LV Center in Las Vegas. Junior co-captain Kris Done, redshirt junior Michael Newburger and former Buckeye Ty Echard all qualified for the finals set to begin at 7:15 p.m. PST Saturday.
Each gymnast will have a chance to make one of the seven spots remaining on the 15-man roster for the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team. The eight members of the 2012 Olympic team retain their spots, while seven new members will be added for competition through the 2013 Visa Championships in August.
“The guys had a rough start, but they finished very well, especially Michael Newburger and Ty Echard on pommel horse,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “They finished first and fourth on the event. Kris Done finished 23rd overall in the all-around heading into the finals and earned points towards the national team.”
Done, competing in his first Winter Cup Challenge, advanced to the finals after placing 12th in the all-around (78.000) during the second session of preliminaries. The Auckland, New Zealand, native and two-time All-American finished second on high bar (14.300), third on parallel bars (14.350) and 10th on floor exercise (14.000).
Newburger and Echard, event specialists on pommel horse, both qualified for the finals after placing first and third on the event during the second session with scores of 14.800 and 14.400, respectively.
The top two all-arounders who were not on the 2012 Olympic team along with the top two gymnasts based on the National Team Point System, two athletes selected by the Men’s Program Committee and one athlete chosen by the National Team Coordinator will fill the seven spots available on the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team.
The top 42 gymnasts after the first day of competition advanced to the finals along with the top three gymnasts on each event. Both the all-around and individual event champions are decided based upon their combined two-day scores.