July 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sean Melton, a rising sophomore on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, collected four medals at the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival this past weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico. Melton, the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, finished second on high bar, while earning bronze medals on pommel horse, rings and parallel bars.
Melton boasted a solid score of 14.230 on high bar to earn silver. The native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Melton earned All-America status on the event at the NCAA championships last spring with a third-place finish. On pommel horse, he earned a 13.270, which was good enough for bronze – Jorge Hugo Giraldo López won the event with a 14.470. On rings, Melton notched a 14.640 for his second bronze medal. Finally, he finished off his successful weekend with a 14.540 on parallel bars for his third and final bronze medal.
Last spring, Melton became the first freshman in program history to earn four All-American awards at one championship and the first Buckeye to claim four since Brandon Wynn in 2011. Up next for Melton will be the 2014 P&G Championships Aug. 21-24 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Melton already qualified for the elite event after his successful campaign at NCAAs.
The competition featured athletes from 41 countries in 29 different sports and disciplines. Apart from the competition, the festival also features an educational clinic.