Aug. 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Sean Melton won a bronze medal in the all-around Friday at the 2014 Senior Pan American Championships in Toronto, helping Team USA to a gold medal in the team competition.
A score of 88.850 earned Melton a third-place finish behind Colombia’s Jossimar Calvo Moreno (89.300) and Cuba’s Manrique Larduet Bicet (89.250). Team USA posted a 352.550 to win team gold, finishing well ahead of silver medalist Columbia (346.800) and bronze medalist Brazil (346.450).
A native of Orlando, Fla., Melton was the top finisher for Team USA on parallel bar and vault, placing third and fifth with scores of 15.300 and 14.900, respectively. He also finished in the Top 10 on pommel horse (third, 14.800) and floor exercise (eighth, 14.700).
Melton is a week removed from finishing 11th at the P&G championships, where he qualified for the U.S. Senior National Team and a spot at the Pan Am championships. The 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a four-event All-American for the Buckeyes, Melton also competed at the Pan American Olympic Festival this summer, where he claimed silver on high bar and bronze medals on pommel horse, rings and parallel bar.
Former Buckeye national champion Brandon Wynn competed in three events for Team USA. The defending world bronze medalist on rings, Wynn finished second in the event Friday with a 15.500. A native of Voorhees, N.J., Wynn also placed fifth on parallel bar (15.050) and sixth on high bar (14.900).
The Senior Pan Am championships serve as the qualifier for gymnastics to the 2015 Pan American Games. Event finals are set for Sunday and Monday in Toronto.