Buckeyes feature three captains for only the fifth time in program history
Sophomore excels in national and international competitions
Sophomore places in the Top 5 in three events
Team USA wins gold medal in team competition
Duo set to compete at Senior Pan American championships Aug. 27-Sept. 1
Six Buckeyes are set to compete at the 2014 P&G Championships this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Photos by Amy Sanderson, RW Sports
2014-15 (Sophomore Season) Named to the U.S. Senior National Team for the Senior Pan American championships following an 11th-place performance in the all-around at the P&G championships; finished in the Top 10 on parallel bars (seventh) and vault (ninth).
2013-14 (Freshman Season) First freshman in school history to earn four All-American awards at the NCAA championships; placed third in the all-around and high bar and sixth on vault and parallel bars ... named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten as an individual champion on parallel bars and high bar (career-best 15.375); also placed second in the all-around (career-best 89.75) and fourth on pommel horse ... scored an Ohio State-, career- , and then NCAA-record 16.050 to win the parallel bars as Ohio State notched a tri-meet victory over No. 1 Oklahoma and Temple; tied a career-best on floor exercise, taking fourth place ... posted a career-best 15.050 on pommel horse at Stanford ... named CGA and Big Ten Gymnast of the Week following a third-place finish at the Winter Cup Challenge; notched Top 5 finishes in the high bar, vault and floor to earn a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team ... earned three event titles (floor, vault, parallel bars) and five Top 5 finishes in a dual-meet win over No. 8 California; posted career highs on vault (15.200) and floor exercise (15.200) ... four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week ... Ohio State Scholar Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center under coaches Vitaly Marinitch and Andriy Stepanchenko ...Member of the U.S. Senior Men's National Team (2013) and U.S. Junior Men's National Team (2007-12) ... Placed fifth on pommel horse and seventh on parallel bars at the 2013 National Qualifier ... earned a third-place finish on parallel bars, a fourth-place finish on rings, a fifth-place finish in the all-around, seventh-place finish on pommel horse and eighth-place finish on vault at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge ... placed first on high bar, third in the all-around, fourth on floor exercise and rings, sixth on parallel bars and seventh on pommel horse at the 2012 Visa Championships ... placed sixth on parallel bars at the 2012 National Qualifier ... competed at the 2012 Winter Cup Challenge ... competed at the 2011 Visa Championships, placing first in the all-around and on pommel horse, rings and parallel bars ... competed at the 2011 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, earning a first-place finish in the all-around and a second-place finish on floor exercise, pommel horse, rings and vault ... competed at the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge.
Personal: Son of Sid and Debbie Melton ... has two siblings, Raelyn and Jordan ... favorite pastimes include hanging out with friends, going to the beach and watching football and movies.