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April 2, 2014

Born to Fly

Pentucket sophomore gymnast is the Massachusetts State Champion in bars

WEST NEWBURY — With dedication and a good attitude, Pentucket Regional High School sophomore Jackie Kutcher recently became the Level 10 Gymnastics State Bars Champion.

“It was really great,” Kutcher said. “I worked really hard on bars, so I was really excited.”

Level 10 is the highest one can be in Junior Olympics, the aim for gymnasts and the connection to Division I college recruitment. It’s a stage that requires focus, skill and a very strong commitment level.

“It takes a tremendous amount of dedication,” said Brianna DiPinto, one of Kutcher’s coaches at Gym and More in Woburn. “You have to be in the gym five or six days a week and here for four or five hours. Unless you put the work in year after year, it’s hard to get to this level.”

While finishing first in bars over 30 competitors, Kutcher also had her best score of the season on both beam and floor in level 10. Along with her dedication to the sport, her fun personality has made her a joy to coach and a strong teammate.

“She is very hardworking and really determined,” DiPinto continued. “When there’s an assignment, she wants to get it done and she stays until it’s done. She’s driven in that way and is very fun to be around. She is a good teammate, too, and will make a really good leader someday.”

While devoted to success, her love for the sport and the gym she attends has kept her happy through lengthy training sessions.

“I have done gymnastics since I was 5 years old and I love it because of the feeling of it,” Kutcher said. “It’s the best feeling to feel like you’re flying all the time. This is my third year with (Gym and More) and I love it. It’s really good and the best gym that I have trained at. I’ve been progressing ever since.”

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