Nov. 21, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sean Melton, Jacob Dastrup and Andrew Rickly have all signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to enroll at Ohio State and compete for the men’s gymnastics team, Rustam Sharipov, Ohio State head coach, announced Wednesday.
“Each one of our recruits will be a great addition to the Buckeye gymnastics family in 2014,” Sharipov said. “Two of them have previously been coached by our assistant coaches, Casimiro Suarez and Bob Gauthier. We are expecting an immediate impact on our team scores in every event.”
Melton, a native of Orlando, Fla., is a five-time Junior Olympic National qualifier and three-time competitor at the Visa Championships. Most recently, Melton placed first on high bar, third in the all-around, fourth on floor exercise, sixth on parallel bars and seventh on pommel horse at the 2012 Visa Championships in St. Louis, Mo. He also competed at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, placing first on parallel bars and vault and third on floor exercise. Previously, Melton placed first in the all-around, second on floor exercise and fourth on parallel bars at the 2011 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Long Beach, Ca. The son of Sidney and Debbie Melton, Sean currently trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A native of Lindon, Utah, Dastrup is a four-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier and three-time Visa Championships competitor. The son of Mat and Kaylyn Dastrup, Jacob currently trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. At the 2012 Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev., Dastrup placed 10th on the pommel horse and within the Top 25 in the all-around, floor exercise, high bar and parallel bars. In 2011, Dastrup placed seventh on pommel horse at the Visa Championships in St. Paul, Minn., and competed at the Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Long Beach and the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas.
A Lewis Center, Ohio, native, Andrew Rickly is a six-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier and two-time competitor at the Visa Championships. Andrew most recently tied for third on parallel bars and finished seventh on still rings at the 2012 Visa Championships in St. Louis. In 2011, he finished second on still rings, third on high bar and ninth in the all-around at the Visa Championships, and second on high bar, fifth on still rings, and 10th in the all-around at the Junior Olympic National Championships. The son of Michael and Sandy Rickly, Andrew currently trains at the Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center in Lancaster, Ohio.
The Buckeyes open the regular season Jan. 19 at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago, Ill.