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KESWICK WINS HIS 1ST NATIONAL GYMNASTICS TITLE

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Scott Keswick and the rest of the newest U.S. men's gymnastics team - including Woods Cross's Casey Bryan (see related story on D-1) - are looking to the future. They figure they must step up their performances and stamp their names into judges' minds before the 1996 Olympics.

"Any time you compete in a sport that has judges, you help yourself by performing good," Keswick said after winning his first national title Thursday night in the senior men's all-around at the 1994 National Gymnastics Championships."For us to do a good job at this World Championship and the next World Championship helps us at the Olympics. We're shooting for medals, a lot of medals."

Other team members echoed that feeling.

John Roethlisberger, the defending champ who placed fourth, said that too many people put the men's team down. He noted that the U.S. men consistently have placed athletes in medal contention over the past two years.

"People have to start recognizing that we have damn good athletes, and we're only going to keep getting better," Roethlisberger said.

The top 14 men qualified for the U.S. senior team, while the top four seniors under age 20 advanced to the senior elite development squad. The top seven junior men will compete on the U.S. junior squad.

The top seven men, inlcuding Utah's Bryan, who placed sixth, will compete in the Team World Championships in November.

Keswick, 24, of UCLA, entered Thursday's optional competition in third place but quickly moved into the lead after the first of six events. He never trailed again and finished with 111.82 points to edge Bill Roth of Temple, 110.78, and Steve McCain of UCLA, 110.32.

A fall off the high bar during a release move in his next-to-last event didn't hurt Keswick.

"As far as my first national championship, it's a great feeling," he said. "I haven't felt like this since the 1992 Olympic Trials. I felt like I had a couple of chances before to win, but I didn't put it away."

Roethlisberger of Minnesota had been looking to become the first American man to win four national championships since Mako Sakamoto in the 1960s. But he strained his left ankle and competed with it heavily taped.

Mike Morgan of Cincinnati handily won the junior men's division with 102.32 points, topping Aaron Vexler of Amherst, Mass., 99.92, and Marshall Nelson of Colorado Springs, Colo., 98.86.

In the junior women's division, Dominique Moceanu of Houston won the all-around title with 75.90 points. The gymnast from Karolyi's Gymnastics won the vault and tied for first on the floor with Kristy Powell of Colorado Springs, Colo.