Aug. 20, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Sean Melton and Alec Yoder, student-athletes on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, were named members of the U.S. Senior National Team in the early hours of Sunday morning after completing two days of competition at the P&G Championships in Anaheim, Calif. Falling outside of the top eight of the all-around competition, Melton and Yoder earned two of seven at-large spots to be named to the team.
“I am extremely grateful to be back on the national team,” Melton said. “Being able to put USA on your chest is one of the greatest feelings in the world.”
“I’m very honored and excited to be named to the team,” Yoder, a rising junior, said. “A lot of hard work and behind the scenes work went into this competition, and I am ecstatic to be put in such a prestigious place with some of the best gymnasts in the world.”
Yoder excelled on his go-to event, the pommel horse, and the floor finishing inside the top 10 for both. His two-day score of 28.200 on the pommel horse earned him a sixth-place finish. His first routine on Thursday night scored a 13.800 and he came back and upped that with a 14.400 on Saturday evening. His combined score of 28.050 on the floor was good enough for a tie for ninth.
Melton’s strongest events of the competition were parallel bars and still rings. The Florida native used parallel bar readouts of 14.300 and 14.250 to earn a two-day tally of 28.550 to place fifth. The 2017 Big Ten all-around champion scored a combined score of 28.650 on the rings to settle in for a tie for eighth.
Yoder (163.150) and Melton (163.050) finished in 11th and 12th respectively for the all-around. Ohio State is one of only two universities to have at least two representatives on the U.S. national team (Oklahoma).
You can view full routines on the USA Gymnastics YouTube page.