Janesville's Dalton Struebin preps for fifth national gymnastics meet

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John Barry
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

JANESVILLE--Dalton Struebin is at it again.

The Janesville Craig senior has qualified for the USA Gymnastics Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships for the fifth time. The five-day tournament begins May 7.

The Junior Olympics is a USA Gymnastics-sanctioned event featuring the top male gymnasts in the country ages 11-18.

Struebin qualified for the national meet thanks to an impressive performance at the Region 4 meet in Iowa earlier this month. The 17-year-old Struebin won the all-around title with a season-high score of 82.05, and he added individual titles on floor exercise, still rings and vault. The Region 4 meet included gymnasts from Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

“This is my senior year, so I was really focused for the regional meet,” Struebin said. “I wanted to make one more trip to the national meet.

“I did pretty well at the regional meet, but I can always do better.”

Struebin trains at the CSA Gymnastics Center under his coach and father, Brian. He also travels two or three times a week to West Allis to train with the Swiss Turners. The Swiss Turners are the two-time defending Junior Olympic national team champion.

At Level 10, Struebin has reached the highest level for a Junior Olympic gymnast. He has several top-10 finishes at the national meet but would love to cap off his high-school career with a national title.

“It comes down to being consistent and sticking with the routines that got me this far,” Struebin said. “I won’t change anything for the national meet.

“I know what I’m capable of doing and what type of score it’s going to take to have success at the national meet.”

Struebin will graduate in June from Craig and is set to compete collegiately next season for the University of Illinois-Chicago. He also plans to join ROTC to help offset the cost of college.

“It’s a Division I school, and I’m really excited to join their program,” Struebin said of UIC. “I still really enjoy competing in gymnastics, and this will give me the opportunity to continue to do that.”

Struebin will get one more chance to compete before he goes off to college. A national title would be a great way to cap off his high-school career.

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