June 5, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michael Newburger, a redshirt senior on the 2014 Ohio State men's gymnastics team, has been named the Capital One All-American of the Year for the Division I Men's At-Large program, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. In addition, Newburger collects his second Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team honor.
Newburger is one of only two repeat first-team selections on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's At-Large team, joining Alabama golfer Cory Whitsett.
Originally a walk-on to the men's gymnastics squad, Newburger earned his first All-American honor at the 2012 NCAA Championships after placing third overall on pommel horse. The Austin, Texas, native would go on to have a breakout season as a redshirt junior in 2013, earning his second All-American honor after becoming the second gymnast in program history to win an NCAA Championship on pommel horse. That same year, Newburger also became the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Champion and the U.S. Bronze Medalist on pommel horse, in addition to being named Ohio State Male Gymnast of the Year.
Newburger currently holds the NCAA and Ohio State record on pommel horse (16.25), which he set at the 2014 Windy City Invitational, earning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and CGA National Gymnast of the Week recognition for his performance. A team captain and Nissen-Emery Finalist, Newburger spent the entirety of the 2014 season as the No. 1 ranked gymnast on pommel horse and concluded his career with nine individual event titles having been ranked at No. 1 for 15 weeks, in the Top 5 for 21 weeks and in the Top 10 for 26 weeks.
Academically, the Austin, Texas, native has earned Capital One Academic At-Large First Team (2013-14) and Capital One Academic All-District Team (2012-14) honors in addition to being a four-time Distinguished Merit Scholar, National Buckeye Scholar and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Newburger is also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten and five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. A Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist and recipient of the 2014 Big Ten and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, Newburger will pursue a Ph.D. in Physics at Ohio State after graduating this spring with a 3.96 GPA as a double major in physics and mathematics.