OU junior caps season with his fourth national honor of the year; focuses on Olympics next.
April 27, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – After claiming the national all-around and parallel bars titles last weekend at the NCAA Championship, Oklahoma junior Jake Dalton was named the NCAA Gymnast of the Week by the College Gymnastics Association on Friday.
Dalton earned the national honor four times this year and eight times in his collegiate career. The voting is cast by all active college coaches and 35 CGA Honorary Lifetime Members, along with seven major club programs.
The award caps one of the most successful seasons by an OU gymnast. The junior led Oklahoma to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championship, where he claimed the individual all-around title after posting a career-high 91.000 to edge Michigan’s Sam Mikulak and Illinois’ C.J. Maestas by three-tenths of a point.
The Reno, Nev., native became the first gymnast in OU history to earn All-America honors on six events (all-around, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar) in one season. Through three seasons at Oklahoma, Dalton boasts 13 All-America honors and four individual national titles
In addition to his strong showing at the NCAA Championship, Dalton also won conference titles on all-around, parallel bars, high bar and rings. Following the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship, Dalton was named the conference’s Gymnast of the Year.
The junior now turns his focus on his dream of competing in the Olympic Games. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team, Dalton’s next step is competing in the 2012 Visa Championships, June 7-10 in St. Louis, Mo.
The top finishers from the Visa Championships will then be invited to compete in the U.S. Olympic Qualifier in San Jose, Calif., June 28-July 1.