INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2012 – The Trampoline and Tumbling Winter Classic took place this weekend at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The field included athletes from the United States, Argentina, Canada, Bulgaria, Mexico, Poland and Puerto Rico. This year’s Winter Classic was held in conjunction with the Gasparilla Classic, which featured more than 2,700 athletes competing in artistic gymnastics. There were a number of upsets and surprises in the competition.
Trampoline and Tumbling Program Director Susan Jacobson said, "Many of our national team members were using this competition to attempt higher degrees of difficulty. In fact, some of our national team members were attempting to set new difficulty records. Although they were not successful, they are working hard to build their routines for the upcoming selection competitions for the Olympic Games. Many other new senior elites transitioned this year in preparation for next year’s World Championships. It was an exciting competition."
Competition was held in trampoline, tumbling, double mini-trampoline and synchronized trampoline. Elite athletes had the opportunity to qualify for this year’s national championships and to fine-tune their competitive routines as they begin their road to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
In the senior elite women’s trampoline Audrey Ghanian of ETA Ultra Twisters/Holmdel, N.J., won the title with a score of 144.830, followed by Erica Owen of World Elite/Mission Viejo, Calif., at 140.100 and Savannah Vinsant of T&T Express/Lafayette, La., at 118.540.
In the senior elite men’s trampoline event, Ryan Walsh of Branch Gymnastics/Kalamazoo, Mich., won the title with a score of 151.800 followed by Lucas Tomas Adorno of Argentina and Hunter Brewster of T&T Express/Lafayette, La., with scores of 150.11 and 148.54, respectively. The junior women’s title went to Erynn Stier of Branch Gymnastics/Morley, Mich.,, for her 50.950 total. For the junior men, Colin Duda of ETA Ultra Twisters/Atlantic Highlands, N.J., earned top honors with his 50.330.
In senior women’s tumbling, Miranda Kerr of AGT Flip City/Warren, Mich., won the title with a score of 128.600 while the men’s senior tumbling title went to Jazef Wadecki of South Suburban Sports/Crete, Ill., with a 147.300.
In junior women’s tumbling, Cassandra Skinner of AGT Flip City/Livonia, Mich., won the title with a score of 132.000. In junior men’s tumbling, Garret Waterstradt of Irish’s Gymnastics/Paxton, Ill., won the title with a score of 70.500.
In senior women’s double mini-trampoline, Kristle Lowell of 5 Star T&T/Orland Park, Ill., won the title with a score of 133.00. The senior men’s double mini champion was Austin White of World Elite/Newport Coast, Calif., with a 145.300.
In junior women’s double mini, Charlotte Drury of World Elite/Laguna Niguel, Calif., took the title with a score of 129.300, and Waterstradt was the junior men’s double mini champion with a score of 68.900.
In senior women’s synchronized trampoline, Shanelle Landry (Lafayette, La.) and Ghanian, both with ETA Ultra Twisters, won the title with a score of 114.700. In men’s synchro, Brewster and Neil Gulati of World Elite/Irvine, Calif., won the title with a score of 127.700.
In junior women’s sychro, Breanne Hatter (Lincroft, N.J.) and Nicole Gacsi (Edison, N.J.) of ETA Ultra Twisters won the title with a score of 113.200. In men’s junior synchro, Eric Kennedy of Airtime Trampoline/Holland, Mass., and Duda won the title scoring a 116.00.