Las Vegas – Alec Yoder continued his hot streak on the pommel horse Thursday evening; his score of 14.900 on the pommel was better than all other 70-plus competitors on day one of the Winter Cup Challenge at the Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Resort.
Sean Melton notched several top-10 routines on the evening: his parallel bar score of 14.000 was the third best, his rings readout of 14.750 ranked fourth, his floor score of 14.150 was seventh and his high-bar tally of 13.500 ranked eighth best.
Yoder additionally placed in a tie for 12th on the parallel bars with a score of 13.200.
2015 All-American Drew Moling registered the sixth-best still rings routine of the night with a score of 14.350. Future Buckeye, Max Andryushchenko, scored best on the vault where he recorded a score of 13.650.
Schedule of Events
Finals | Saturday | Feb. 18
Yoder, Moling and Melton - 10:15 p.m. ET
About the Winter Cup
Performances at the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge will help determine the 15 men who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team through the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 17-20. 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 members of the 2016 Olympic team, plus the alternates, will automatically retain their spots on the national team provided they earn National Points on both days of competition.
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.