Feb. 23, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sean Melton, a freshman on the No. 3 Ohio State men's gymnastics team, was named to the U.S. Senior Men's National Team Saturday night at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Cup at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
In addition to Melton, Chris Brooks (Team Hilton HHonors), Donnell Whittenburg (USOTC), Joshua Dixon (USOTC), Marvin Kimble (Swiss Turners), Akash Modi (Stanford) and Jonathan Horton (Team Hilton HHonors) were also selected to the national team. The group will remain on the national team through the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships held Aug. 21-24 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Melton finished the meet third overall in the all-around, behind Brooks and Whittenburg. The Orlando, Fla., native notched three Top 5 finishes en route to a two-day score of 173.000, placing third overall on high bar (29.650), fourth overall on vault (30.050) and fifth overall on floor exercise (30.000). Melton also finished the meet 10th on pommel horse (26.800), 14th on parallel bars (28.100) and 15th on rings (28.400).
Sophomore Jake Martin also represented the Buckeyes over the weekend. The Oviedo, Fla., native finished the meet eighth overall in the all-around after tallying three Top 10 finishes. Martin earned a fifth-place finish on high bar with a 29.300, an eighth-place finish on parallel bars with a 28.650 and a ninth-place finish on floor exercise with a 29.750 en route to earning an overall two-day score of 170.700.
The No. 3 Buckeyes return to team competition Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. as they host No. 2 Michigan, No. 8 Iowa, No. 11 Nebraska, Arizona State and the Canadian National Team at the Arnold Challenge at the Columbus Convention Center.