February 14, 2018

Buckeyes Take on Winter Cup in Vegas


Feb. 14, 2018

Columbus, Ohio – Four gymnasts from Ohio State are headed to Las Vegas to compete at the 2018 Winter Cup. The event features the top gymnasts in American and each athlete will be competing for a spot on the U.S. National team. There will be three total sessions, two on Thrursday and one on Saturday, at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

Sean Melton, Alec Yoder, Max Andryushchenko and Sean Neighbarger will be the four athletes repping the Scarlet and Gray on the national stage. Fans will be able to follow live results and a live stream of the meet at wintercup.com. 

Schedule of Events
Andryushchenko – Thursday – 4 p.m. ET – All six events
Melton – Thursday – 9:30 p.m. ET – All six events
Yoder – Thursday – 9:30 p.m. ET – All six events
Neighbarger – Thursday – 9:30 p.m. ET – All events except pommel horse

The top 42 scores from each event and the all-around will advance to the finals on Saturday night (10:15 p.m. ET). 

About the Winter Cup
Performances at the 2018 Winter Cup Challenge will help determine the 15 men who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team through the 2018 P&G Gymnastics Championships. Following the two-day competition, the top four ranked all-around athletes will automatically qualify for the 2017 senior national team. The men’s program committee will select up to eleven more gymnasts from the participants at the Winter Cup Challenge.

The top 42 gymnasts, according to the all-around placements and men’s program committee’s points ranking system, will advance to the final competition, along with the top three gymnasts on each apparatus. The all-around and individual event champions will be determined via a combined two-day score. For information on the points ranking system used for advancement to the final round, as well as the one for determining the national team, click here. 

2017 Winter Cup
Sean Melton placed no less than sixth in each of his four events that he advanced to the finals in. His best finish of the event came on the parallel bars where he used a two-day score of 28.000 to garner bronze. The Orlando, Fla., native also placed fourth on the rings (29.250), fifth place on the high bar (26.950) and sixth on the floor (28.150).

Alec Yoder scored the highest readout on the pommel horse at the 2017 Winter Cup with a 14.900. He followed that up with a 13.800 at the Saturday night final to combine for a two-day readout of 28.700 for a sixth-place finish. 

Big Ten Athletes of the Week
Yoder and Melton have combined to win three Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors in 2018 thus far. Yoder has earned the award the last two weeks and Melton was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 22.