Aug. 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State men's gymnastics team members Michael Newburger, John Laing and Misha Koudinov have been named All-America Scholar-Athletes for the 2011-12 season by the College Gymnastics Association.
Newburger, a native of Austin, Texas was honored as a first team All-American Scholar-Athlete after holding a 4.0 grade point average throughout 2011-12. As a sophomore, Newburger also earned his first career All-America honor after placing third on pommel horse (15.10) at the 2012 NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals. In addition, Newburger was honored as an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and as Academic All-Big Ten, and was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Laing, a North Reading, Mass., native was named a second team All-American Scholar-Athlete, having earned a grade point average between 3.40-3.499. Laing was also named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete as well as earning Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Lastly, Koudinov was named a second-team All-American Scholar-Athlete after earning a grade point average between 3.20-3.299. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Koudinov had a breakout sophomore season earning his first career All-America honor after tying for third on parallel bars at the 2012 NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals. He also was named second team All-Big Ten, Academic All-Big Ten, an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and the Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.