July 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four active members qualified for the 2014 P&G Championships after the conclusion of the U.S. Men’s Qualifier Sunday at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Rising senior Drew Moling and rising junior Alex Johnson join sophomore Sean Melton and junior Jake Martin after advancing through qualification this weekend. The men’s qualifier was the last opportunity for the country’s male gymnasts to qualify for the USA Gymnastics national championships held Aug. 21-24 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
After a successful NCAA season last April, fourth-year head coach Rustam Sharipov was pleased with his team, which will be sending the most active members to the elite national event in 11 years (2003).
“I’m glad that we continued the success this year with bringing four of our student-athletes to the P&G championships,” Sharipov said. “I’m excited for these guys. They have a chance to make a senior national team and the opportunity to compete on the international level.”
Moling, a native of Canal Winchester, Ohio, collected three top 20 finishes, including a seventh-place finish on rings with a score of 14.650. The rising senior also placed ninth on high bar, boasting a score of 14.650 as well. He also placed 16th overall on vault. His final all-around score was 81.150, which was good for 14th overall at the elite qualifier.
Johnson, from Marysville, Ohio had a Top 5 finish on his floor exercise routine to earn a score of 14.850, which was fifth overall. He also tied for 16th on high bar (14.300) and tied for 17th overall on rings (14.050).
Martin and Melton already qualified for the national championships after their success at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Martin participated at the event and earned a fourth-place mark on high bar (15.25), while finishing 17th on pommel horse (13.050). Melton joins his three teammates after claiming four medals this past weekend at the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival in Mexico.