INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Sept. 6, 2006 – Yuliya Hall of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has qualified for trampoline and tumbling’s World Cup Final in Birmingham, England, Nov. 25. Her fifth place finish at the World Cup event in Salzgitter, Germany, put her third in tumbling’s overall World Cup standings, which is a two-year series, and the top eight advance to the World Cup Final in Birmingham.
"We are very proud of Yuliya’s accomplishment," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, "and we wish her great success at the World Cup Final. This is a great accomplishment in itself, and we look forward to seeing her compete in Birmingham."
In addition to Hall, several other U.S. gymnasts competed on the final day at the World Cup in Salzgitter. In synchronized trampoline, Erin Blanchard of Lafayette, La., and Amanda Bailey of Levelland, Texas, finished seventh in women’s competition with a 41.40, while the men’s pair of Ryan Weston of Chubbuck, Idaho, and Chris Estrada of Lafayette took eighth place with a 45.00. In individual trampoline, Blanchard missed going to the final round by just .30 of a point, giving her a ninth place finish, and Weston finished in 20th place. In tumbling, Kalon Ludvigson of Plano, Texas, and Chris Adair of Lubbock, Texas, finished 15th and 16th, respectively. For the women, Leanne Seitzinger of Stafford, Va., thought she had advanced to the finals by placing seventh place in the prelims, but a scoring error was later discovered that dropped her to ninth place, just out of the final round.