Feb. 22, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 3 Ohio State swept the Big Ten Weekly Awards for the fourth time this season after an impressive showing at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas. Redshirt sophomore Sean Melton was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, while Alec Yoder claimed B1G Freshman of the Week honors.

A redshirt sophomore from Orlando, Fla., Melton posted a two-day all-around score of 174.500, finishing third overall and earning a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team through the P&G championships in June.

Melton, who led the competition after day one, finished first overall on parallel bars with a two-day score of 30.150. He also earned a runner-up finish on rings (30.750) and placed eighth overall on floor (29.100). He posted scores of 15 or better five times throughout the competition, highlighted by a 15.400 on rings Thursday evening in the second preliminary session.

The Gymnast of the Week award is the third for Melton this season and the fourth of his career.

Yoder, a native of Indianapolis, finished ninth overall in the all-around with a two-day score of 170.700. He tied for sixth on rings with a combined total of 29.450 and was 14th on high bar with a 28.150 cumulative.

Yoder has won three B1G Freshman of the Week awards for the Buckeyes this season, along with a Gymnast of the Week accolade following the Buckeyes’ victory over Penn State.

Ohio State hosts the Arnold Challenge March 5 in Columbus.