Aug. 15, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State’s Sean Melton, Alec Yoder, Sean Neighbarger and Max Andryushchenko are scheduled to compete at the 2017 edition of the P&G Championships this Thursday (Aug. 17) and Saturday (Aug. 19) in Anaheim, Calif. The four-day event, mashed up with the women’s competition, will take place at the Honda Center.
All four of Ohio State’s representatives will be competing in the all-around. Melton, Yoder and Neighbarger will be vying for a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team, while Andryushchenko will be looking to retain his status as a U.S. Junior National Team member.
Thursday | Juniors – 4 p.m. ET | Seniors – 10 p.m. ET
Saturday | Juniors – 3 p.m. ET | Seniors – 8 p.m. ET
TV Coverage/LiveStream for Seniors (Melton, Yoder, Neighbarger)
Thursday | 10:30 p.m. ET | Olympic Channel | Live
Saturday | 9 p.m. ET | NBC Sports Network | Live
Sunday | 1 p.m. ET | NBC | Live
You can also watch all four senior sessions through a live simulcast on NBC Live Extra.
Webcast for Juniors (Andryushchenko)
Thursday | 4 p.m. ET
Saturday | 3 p.m. ET
All four of Ohio State’s team members will compete in two sessions, one on Thursday and the other on Saturday. The competition will help decide who gets to represent the U.S. Senior National Team at the World Championships.
Melton is the unquestioned veteran of the group as far as P&G’s are concerned. Competing at the event every year since 2011, Melton knows what is at stake this weekend. After earning a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team early this year with a stellar performance at the Winter Cup, the 2017 Big Ten all-around champion will need another solid performance to retain his position on the senior team and hopefully earn a bid to the 2017 World Championships in Montreal.
Yoder returns to this year’s P&G’s after having to sit out last year’s event due to injury. Slowly building up to full strength throughout the 2017 season, Yoder competed in the all-around only once as a sophomore at the NCAA Championships, but it was his best performance of the year. Yoder scored an 84.950 at the to earn All-America honors in the all-around, and he also earned a tie for fourth place on the pommel horse (14.800). His scores were huge performances that aided Ohio State to a second-place finish as a team, its highest finish since 2005.
Neighbarger, a freshman, earned his spot at the P&G’s with a high-quality display of gymnastics at the U.S. National Qualifier in mid-July. The freshman represented the Scarlet and Gray for the first time in his career at the national qualifier with top-10 showings on the floor and vault. Neighbarger’s best finish of the meet came on the floor with a score of 14.200, the fifth highest in the competition. His vault of 14.000 earned him a tie for ninth place.
Andryushchenko will be making his first trip to a competition as a member of the Scarlet and Gray. Andryushchenko finds himself in a similar situation to Melton, already having spent the first half of 2017 on the junior national team and trying to retain his status.