Winners were crowned at the 2023 Winter Classic Invitational over the weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla., while rhythmic gymnasts returned from action in Schmiden, Germany with some new hardware.
T&T Winter Classic Invitational
The event kicked off Thursday, March 2 with synchronized trampoline finals in the evening. Reigning U.S. synchro champions Nicole Ahsinger (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) and Sarah Webster (Valley View, Texas/Trampoline and Tumbling Express) posted a 46.690 to place first in senior women’s competition, while the Elite Trampoline Academy pair of Ava DeHanes (Holmdel, N.J.) and Alexandra Mytnik (Manalapan, N.J.) took gold in juniors. Senior men’s duo Rueben Padilla (Bluffdale, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) and Alexi Shostak (Lafayette, La./ Trampoline and Tumbling Express) outscored the nearest competitors by over 10 points with a 52.050, and juniors Nate Erkert (Wildwood, Mo.) and Alex Rozenshteyn (Cranford, N.J.) from Elite Trampoline Academy claimed gold with a 46.000.
In individual trampoline, Ahsinger was the top senior woman with a 53.040, while Mytnik did the same among the juniors with a 51.410. 2021 World team all-around silver medalist Isaac Rowley (Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy) secured men’s gold with a 57.140, and Will Cockrill (Plano, Texas/Flip Factory) won the junior competition with a 51.860.
2022 World team silver medalist Tia Taylor (Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics Knoxville) led the tumbling field with a 48.060 ahead of 2022 World Games silver medalist Miah Bruns (Crete, Ill./World Champions Centre). Last year’s U.S. junior champion Brooklyn Jolley (West Haven, Utah/Northern Star Bounders) clinched gold in her division with a 45.760. Last year’s U.S. and World Games tumbling title winner Kaden Brown (Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) put up a dominant 54.230 to top the podium in senior men’s competition, while 2022 U.S. junior tumbling bronze medalist Amare Walker (Watchung, N.J./Cavu Trampoline and Tumbling) won with a 47.560.
The double mini event saw both 2022 U.S. and World double mini champions, Shelby Nobuhara (Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude) and Padilla, take the women’s and men’s top spots with scores of 51.460 and 59.070, respectively. Juniors Leah Edelman (Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy) and Kai Lawson (Bethesda, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics) claimed gold in women’s and men’s competition with scores of 48.530 and 50.970, respectively.
2023 Gymnastik International
- Senior Results: All-Around | Events
- Junior Results: Team | Events
- Junior Group Events
The U.S. rhythmic program sent eight athletes to the 32nd annual Gymnastik International Tournament in Schmiden, Germany over the weekend. Junior National Team members Rin Keys (Porter Ranch, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics) and Erika Rusak (Auburn, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics) competed as a team to claim all-around silver behind host country Germany. Keys picked up gold and silver medals in the ribbon and clubs finals, while Rusak earned silver in ball and landed seventh in hoop. 2023 Rhythmic Challenge ball and clubs silver medalist Jaelyn Chin (Aventura, Fla./Bessonova’s school) placed sixth in the senior all-around; in individual finals, she was fourth in ball, fifth in ribbon and sixth in hoop and clubs.
In group competition, the Junior National Group of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center was fourth all-around. Comprised of Goda Balsys (Northbrook, Ill.) Annabella Hantov (Northfield, Ill.), Kristina Lee (Woodridge, Ill.), Greta Pavilonyte (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) and Alaini Spata (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), the group was fifth in five balls.