Sparks' Jake Dalton Qualifies for Olympic Trials

By: Parker Stremmel/Oklahoma Email
By: Parker Stremmel/Oklahoma Email

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma junior and Spanish Springs High graduate Jake Dalton was named to the U.S. National Team and advanced to the U.S. Olympic Trials after his performance at the 2012 Visa Championships on Saturday.

The Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics' national championships, features the country's best gymnasts vying for national titles and spots on the U.S. National Team in men's and women's gymnastics.

Dalton, the 2012 NCAA all-around champion, took fifth place in all-around with a two-day score of 179.000. He also earned the title of USA Gymnastics national champion on floor (31.500) and vault (32.400) for the second-straight year.

“Jake had a fantastic two days of competition,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “He hit all 12 of his 12 routines this week and puts himself in a great position heading into the Olympic Trials.”

The U.S. Olympic Trials are set for June 28-July 1 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The five men who will represent the United States in London will be determined by the Trials, subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors.

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