April 21, 2019

Alec Yoder Wins Pommel Horse National Championship


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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Alec Yoder, in his final collegiate competition, won the 2019 NCAA pommel horse national championship, and claimed All-American honors on the parallel bars at the NCAA Championships on Saturday night at the State Farm Center.

Following his Big Ten pommel horse title, Yoder knew that the competition for the national championship would be fierce. The Indianapolis, Indiana native approached the pommel, undaunted, and delivered yet another pristine routine to secure the national title, the 28th individual national championship in program history.

“I am very proud of Alec and everything that he accomplished in these four years,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “This was a great day for him, and for our program. To win a national championship, and earn another All-American honor, it speaks to the impact he’s had on this team over his four years.”

Yoder followed his national championship winning pommel routine with a stellar performance on the parallel bars to earn his second All-American honor of the day, and the 10th of his career.

“I’m also proud of all the guys that competed tonight, and for how our team rallied around those guys as they represented Buckeye Nation,” Sharipov continued. “Trevor Cummings was great on the pommel, Max Andryushchenko gave a fantastic performance on the rings. Joey Bonanno finished his career with strong floor and vault routines, and Jesse Tyndall was great on the floor too.”

Cummings earned All-American honors on the pommel horse, finishing fourth overall.

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“There’s a lot of good to take from tonight,” Sharipov concluded. “The guys are excited, we’re going to enjoy this and then start gearing up for next season. Alec gets to shift his focus to 2020 and the Olympics, but as the old saying goes, once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.”