Las Vegas – Sean Melton (165.600) and Alec Yoder (164.800) scored great two-day totals in the all-around at the 2018 Winter Cup (Feb. 15 & 17) to retain their spots on the U.S men’s senior national gymnastics team until the 2018 P&G Championships take place in August. The readouts of 165.600 and 164.800 were the fifth and sixth best scores of the meet.
Melton’s two-day score of 28.700 on the rings was the top readout of the event out of 46 competitors. Yoder claimed himself an event title as well on the pommel horse with a two-routine score of 29.950 to claim gold. Melton also claimed top-10 finishes on the floor (28.050/fifth place), high bar (27.200/sixth place) and parallel bars (27.750/tied sixth). Yoder nearly nabbed his second event title of the meet with a final score of 28.050 on the parallel bars, which earned him a tie for second place. Yoder, a junior from Indianapolis, also had solid showings on the rings (26.650/tied seventh) and the high bar (26.150/10th place).
Ohio State is the only university in America to have two current members on the national team. Sean Junior Neighbarger (senior circuit) and Max Andryushchenko (junior circuit) both freshmen on Ohio State’s gymnastics team, competed at the meet as well. Neighbarger registered a two-day tally of 28.750 on the vault to earn a fifth-place finish. Andryushchenko, who is still eligible to compete as a junior (18 and under), placed seventh in the all-around with a score of 150.950. The Mt. Prospect, Ill., native also placed inside the top 10 on the vault (28.300/tied third), high bar (24.800/tied fourth), floor (25.800/sixth place) and parallel bars (24.200/ninth place).