Melton, Yoder Retain Spots On U.S. Gymnastics Team

By Jeff Rapp, February 19th, 2018

Ohio State’s Sean Melton (165.600) and Alec Yoder (164.800) scored impressive two-day totals in the all-around at the 2018 Winter Cup, Feb. 15 and 17, to retain their spots on the U.S men’s senior national gymnastics team until the 2018 P&G Championships take place in August. Their outputs were the fifth- and sixth-best scores of the meet, respectively.

Melton’s two-day score of 28.700 on the rings was best of the event out of 46 competitors. Yoder claimed himself an event title as well on the pommel horse with a two-routine score of 29.950 to claim gold.

Melton also claimed top-10 finishes on the floor (28.050/fifth place), high bar (27.200/sixth place) and parallel bars (27.750/tied sixth). On Monday, Melton was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for the 10th time in his career.

Yoder nearly nabbed his second event title of the meet with a final score of 28.050 on the parallel bars, which earned him a tie for second place. A junior from Indianapolis, Yoder also had solid showings on the rings (26.650/tied seventh) and the high bar (26.150/10th place).

Ohio State is the only university in America to have two current members on the national team. Sean Junior Neighbarger (senior circuit) and Max Andryushchenko (junior circuit) both freshmen on Ohio State’s gymnastics team, competed at the meet as well.

Neighbarger registered a two-day tally of 28.750 on the vault to earn a fifth-place finish. Andryushchenko, who is still eligible to compete as a junior (18 and under), placed seventh in the all-around with a score of 150.950. The Mt. Prospect, Ill., native also placed inside the top 10 on the vault (28.300/tied third), high bar (24.800/tied fourth), floor (25.800/sixth place) and parallel bars (24.200/ninth place).