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Utah gymnast earns junior national spot

During the week of August 12-16, VISA sponsored the USA Gymnastics Championships in Dallas, Texas, where gymnasts competed for spots on the USA Men's and Women's teams as well as the junior teams.

Jacob Dastrup, from Lindon, secured a spot on the 14- and 15-year-old All Around Junior Team, finishing third on the pommel horse and 7th overall. The top seven finishers make the team in each division. Level 10 is the lowest division composed of 14- and 15-year-olds.

This past season, Dastrup competed at Level 9 as a 13-year-old, but at an earlier national qualifier, he qualified to compete in the VISA Championships and, as the youngest gymnast in the field, he won a place on the team. Bob Gauthier has coached Dastrup for four years.