COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six national champions were crowned Saturday night in the individual event finals of the 2001 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio, including one competitor from Cal.
Cal sophomore Michael Ashe successfully defended his 2000 high bar championship with a 9.512. Ashe was the only repeat individual event winner. Raj Bhavsar represented Ohio State at the top of the award stand. Ohio State’s Daren Lynch captured the vault title with a 9.500 and Raj Bhavsar, also of Ohio State, won parallel bars (9.412). Chris Lakeman of Penn State was the national champion on rings with a 9.550. Clay Strother of Minnesota was the lone competitor to take home two event titles, winning in floor with a 9.525 and pommel horse with a 9.662.
In addition to Ashe’s title on the high bar, he also finished fourth on the pommel horse (9.100). Freshman David Lloyd Eaton finished two spots below Ashe on the Pommel horse, bringing home a sixth-place finish (8.500).