- Qualification Results: M SY | W SY | M TU | W DM
- Photo Galleries: M SY Qual. | W SY Qual. | M TU Qual. | W DM Qual.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The opening day of the 2023 West Palm Beach World Cup saw the American delegation advance two synchronized trampoline teams, two men’s tumbling competitors and two women’s double mini trampoline athletes to Saturday’s finals.
In the day’s first session, Aliaksei Shostak (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) and Ruben Padilla (Bluffdale, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) finished seventh in qualifications for men’s synchro trampoline with a score of 49.940 to move on to Saturday’s final.
The second session saw two American teams in women’s synchro trampoline. Nicole Ahsinger (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) and Sarah Webster (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) finished second among the 19 teams competing, checking in with a score of 49.030 on their first pass to qualify to Saturday’s final. The U.S. team of Jessica Stevens (Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics) and Trinity Van Natta (Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy) placed 11th with a score of 46.050.
Thursday’s competition concluded with qualification rounds for men’s tumbling and women’s double mini. Kaden Brown‘s (Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) score of 55.500 was just three tenths behind Adil Hajizada of Azerbaijan with Brown second and Hajizada first with 55.800. Kaleb Cave (Columbia, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics) was sixth (48.500), and BJ Mensah (New York, N.Y./Cavu Trampoline and Tumbling) finished 10th (44.100). Brown and Cave qualified for Saturday’s finals.
The US swept the top three spots on double mini trampoline qualifying with Aliah Raga (Denton, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics), Shelby Nobuhara (Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude) and Gracie Harder (Archdale, N.C./Carolina Elite Trampoline Academy) leading the way with scores of 51.700, 48.800 and 48.400, respectively. Jackie Kent (Downers grove, Ill./Element Tumbling and Trampoline) finished ninth with a score of 45.400.
Competition resumes on Friday, August 4 at 10 a.m. ET with initial qualification rounds in men’s and women’s trampoline, along with women’s tumbling and men’s double mini. Finals will take place on Saturday, August 5 and will be streamed live on the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel.