July 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Five members of the Ohio State men's gymnastics team are set to compete at the 2013 U.S. National Qualifier Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sophomores Drew Moling, Alex Nork and Danny Steiner, redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven and incoming freshman Andrew Rickly will all participate in the elite competition.
"This is a good opportunity for our student-athletes to prepare for the upcoming season," Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "The team has worked hard over the summer so they can elevate themselves to a higher level and we're looking forward to having at least two or three gymnasts qualify for the U.S. Championships."
The men's national qualifier presents the last opportunity for the top male gymnasts in the country to qualify for the 2013 U.S. Championships held August 15-18 in Hartford, Conn.
The elite competition is broken down into two sessions taking place at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. A minimum of 14 gymnasts will advance to the U.S. Championships based on the National Points Ranking System, and additional athletes may be selected as needed to complete the 42-man U.S. Championships field. Rickly will compete in the first session, starting on rings, while Moling, Nork, Steiner and Treleaven will compete in the second session starting with vault.
Redshirt junior Michael Newburger, incoming freshman Sean Melton and former Buckeye Brandon Wynn have already qualified for the 2013 U.S. Championships. Newburger earned an automatic bid after claiming the 2013 NCAA Pommel Horse title, while Melton and Wynn qualified as members of the U.S. Senior Men's National Team.