LEVALLOIS, France, July 12, 2014 – Team USA’s Kiley Boynton and Ryan Ward, both of Riverside, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy, advanced to the mixed pairs final scheduled for later today at the 2014 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships, inside the Palais des Sports Marcel Cerdan in Levallois, France. The duo scored a total of 85.365 for their three routines in qualification.
The World Championships conclude this afternoon with the mixed pairs, women’s group and men’s group finals, which will stream live on the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Boynton and Ward earned a 28.825 for their combined routine. Their performance captivated the crowd, as Boynton completed a full spin to one arm handstand hold on Ward’s outstretched arm. They finished fourth and advanced to the final.
Eirian Smith and Brian Kincher, both of Livermore, Calif./West Coast Training Center, woke the audience up as the first mixed pairs competitors of the day with their powerful and precise combined exercise. They earned a 28.060, their highest routine score of the competition. Although they finished eighth, they missed the final due to the one per country rule in finals.
The women’s group of Christina Antoniades of Eldersburg, Md., Emily Ruppert of Baltimore, Md., and Hannah Silverman, Clarksville, Md., all of Emilia’s Acro Gymnastics and Cheer, capped off USA’s qualifying performance with a lively routine set to Latin music. They scored 25.770 and finished in 14th place.