2004 All-American (Pommel Horse)
2004 Big Ten Pommel Horse Champion
2003 Big Ten Pommel Horse Champion
2005 - Senior: Team tri-captain
2004 - Junior: Became an All-American for the first time after finishing fourth on the pommel horse at the NCAA Event Finals with a 9.575...Posted the top score on the horse in both the NCAA Qualifying Round (9.625) and Team Finals (9.775)...Won the pommel horse crown at the Big Ten Championships for the second consecutive year with a career-high tying 9.800 in the Event Finals...The victory earned him All-Big Ten status for the second straight year...Was ranked No. 1 in the nation on pommel horse for the entire season and also finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation on rings...Hit 13 of 14 pommel horse routines and won nine titles on the event during the season...Set the pommel horse school record of 9.800 on four different occasions and also set the UI rings record with a 9.600 at Oklahoma...In additon to pommel horse and rings, also competed on vault and parallel bars for the Illini, setting career highs on both events - 9.200 on vault and 8.600 on p-bars - both at the Big Ten Championships ...CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection with a 3.635 GPA in Finance.
2003 - Sophomore: Became Big Ten Champion by earning a career high score of 9.675 in the pommel horse...First Illinois individual Big Ten champ since 1998... Finished in the top three eight times, including seven times in the pommel horse alone...Had all three wins come in the pommel horse including at Temple (9.4), versus Penn State and Iowa (9.4), and the Big Tens (9.675)...Established a career high in the still rings at the NCAA preliminaries with a score of 9.15...Earned an 8.2 in the parallel bars at the Windy City meet, which is a career high...Other top three finish not in the pommel horse was a third place finish in the still rings at Minnesota (8.7)...Competed in every pommel horse event all year, and all but one still rings competition all year...Academic All-Ameican with a GPA of 3.748 in Liberal Arts & Sciences...Won Illinois' team Scholar-Athlete Award.
2002 - Freshman: Established career highs of 9.575 on pommel horse, 9.000 on still rings, 9.125 on the vault, 8.050 on parallel bars and 8.700 on high bar...pommel horse was his strongest event, taking third vs. Minnesota (9.150) and Penn St. (8.900) and second at Ohio St. (9.100)...Scored the 9.575 on the pommel horse during the prelims of the Big Ten Championships and would wind up taking seventh in the event with an 8.527 in the final...Competed on the pommel horse, vault and high bar at the NCAA Championships...Named as a College Gymnastics Association All-American Scholar Athlete.
High School/Club: Region IX gymnastics team member, winning the region's pommel horse title each year from 1997-2001...Silver medal All-American on the horse in 1997 and 2001...Won the pommel horse title while taking second in the all-around, still rings and parallel bars at the 2000 regional championships... Qualified for the 2001 Maccabiah Games, finishing second on the pommel horse and third on the vault for an all-around finish of fourth...Team won junior national title in 2001, where he took 12th in the all-around...Competed club at Dardano's... Coached by Kevin McMurchie ...Also played tennis...Earned high school Academic All-America honors.
Personal: Benjamin Newman was born on Dec. 14, 1982...Parents are Paul and Kathleen Newman...Majoring in Finance in the College of Business...Listed his biggest thrill in sports as competing well at junior nationals...Credits Kevin McMurchie for having the most influence on his athletic career because he was a great coach.
Newman's career highs
FX - 8.100 at UC-Santa Barbara Invite, 2/23/02
PH - 9.800 four times, last at Big Ten Event Finals, 3/20/04
SR - 9.600 at Oklahoma, 3/6/04
VT - 9.200 at Big Ten Championships, 3/19/04
PB - 8.600 at Big Ten Championships, 3/19/04
HB - 8.700 at UC-Santa Barbara Invite, 2/23/02