INDIANAPOLIS, June 4, 2014 – 2012 Olympian Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; 2012 Olympic alternate Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits; 2013 World double mini-trampoline champion Kristle Lowell of Three Rivers, Mich./Branch Gymnastics; and 2013 World double-mini silver medalist Alex Renkert of Indianapolis/Geist Sports Academy, headline the field of 188 athletes competing in trampoline and tumbling’s 2014 U.S. Elite Challenge, scheduled for June 12-15 at the Spokane (Wash.) Convention Center. The four-day event showcases the USA’s best in men’s and women’s trampoline, tumbling, synchronized trampoline and double mini-trampoline.

In addition to the junior and senior elite levels, the U.S. Elite Challenge also includes athletes competing in Level 10 and Youth Elite and Open Elite. The U.S. representatives for trampoline for the Youth Olympic Games are expected to be determined following the U.S. Elite Challenge, and athletes are also vying for spots to the selection camp this fall for the 2014 World Championships and World Age Group Competition, scheduled for Daytona Beach, Fla., in November. Additionally, the event serves as the national championships for Levels 5-7, which features approximately 700 athletes.

In Spokane, elite competition gets underway on Thursday with synchronized trampoline titles up for grabs, starting at 7:15 p.m. Then, on June 13, elite qualification begins at 5 p.m. in men’s and women’s trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling. Elite finals in each of the three different events will be held Saturday, June 14, at beginning at 6 p.m. Available at the door, tickets are $40 for all-session tickets or $15 a day. For a complete schedule, click here.

The Spokane Sports Commission worked with USA Gymnastics to bring the event to Spokane and will assist with organizing and staging the competition. Spokane Gymnastics will also be involved as part of the local organizing committee.

Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Synchronized trampoline demands the same athletic skill as individual trampoline, while adding the element of precision timing. Using two trampolines, two athletes perform identical 10-skill routines at the same time. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.

2014 U.S. Elite Challenge field roster
(by state; name, hometown, state/club)

Anna Cate Goodson, Owens Cross Roads, Ala./The Matrix Gym Inc.
Clare Johnson, Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix Gym Inc.
Katherine Jones, Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix Gym Inc.
Isabela Opiniano, Madison, Ala./The Matrix Gym Inc.

Joshua Browne, Gilbert, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center
Drew Collins, Gilbert, Ariz./Scottsdale Gymnastics
Katie Currier, Peoria, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited
Ryan Erich, Phoenix, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center
Caleb Fritz, Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Gymnastics
Shelby Gill, Tempe, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited
Steven Harris, Chandler, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center
Matthew Hawkins, Phoenix, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center
Shaye Hayden, Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics
Megan Hiruko, Chandler, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center
Jerrett Jensen, Gilbert, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center
Michael Liao, Chandler, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center
Noah Orr, Phoenix, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited
Daniel Pendleton, Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics
Armand Reichelt, Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Gymnastics
Ariana Schein, Scottsdale, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited
Matthew Schwartz, Scottsdale, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited
Cole Simmons, Phoenix, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited
Melissa Taylor, Phoenix, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited
Jackson Whitten, Chandler, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center
Bryce Wilson, Chandler, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center

Nicole Ahsinger, San Diego, Calif./So Cal TTC
Madelyn Barba, Foothill Ranch, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Jonah Bonner, Irvine, Calif./SkySurfers Trampoline Team
Garret Chew, Mission Viejo, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Jameson Coolidge, Lakeside, Calif./Air Sports Unlimited
Logan Dooley, Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Charlotte Drury, Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Jordyn Duffield, Rancho Santa Margari, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Justice Frangipane, Mission Viejo, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Maggie Gallagher, Coto de Caza, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Anna Garmon, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Emily Green, Dove Canyon, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Neil Gulati, Irvine, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Robathan Harries, Pleasanton, Calif./Springtime Tumbling and Trampoline
Trevor Jackson, Ramona, Calif./So Cal TTC
Nick Leavell, Coto de Caza, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Kiley Lockett, Oceanside, Calif./So Cal TTC
Breanne Millard, Mission Viejo, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Alyssa Oh, Rocklin, Calif./Technique Gymnastics
Ruben Padilla, Oakley, Calif./SpringtimeTumbling and Trampoline
Tanner Robinson, Anaheim, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Kylee Roby, Ladera Ranch, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Amanda Spitzer, Vista, Calif./So Cal TTC
Carly Townsend, Foothill Ranch, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Austin White, Newport Coast, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics

Kristen Bowman, Elbert, Colo./Stars Gymnastics
David Ford, Boulder, Colo./The Matrix Gym Inc.
Lauren Harcleorde, Colorado Springs, Colo./Branch Gymnastics
Paige Howard, USAF Academy, Colo./High Country Gymnastics Academy
Thomas Wallace, Firestone, Colo./Airborne Gymnastics and Dance

Ty Chen Carlson, West Palm Beach, Fla./The Gymnastics Revolution
Noelle Cowan, Orlando, Fla./Reflex Gymnastics
Haley Frangioni, Milton, Fla./Elite World Gymnastics
Alexander Katchalov, Davenport, Fla./Elite World Gymnastics
Harley Merritt, Auburndale, Fla./Elite World Gymnastics
Luke Schlabach, Clermont, Fla./Defy Gravity TnT
Queen Washington, Lakeland, Fla./Elite World Gymnastics

Angel Rice, Locust Grove, Ga./FlipCity South
Noah Riley, Locust Grove, Ga./FlipCity South
Garrett Wheeler, Locust Grove, Ga./FlipCity South

Zachary Moore, Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Trampoline and Tumbling
Kayttie Nakamura, Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Trampoline and Tumbling
Alexander Paul, Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Trampoline and Tumbling
Sydney Senter, Aiea, Hawaii/Hawaii Trampoline and Tumbling
Tori Tamayo, Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Trampoline and Tumbling

Bryson Blad, Pocatello, Idaho/Team Revolution
Kainoa Quia-Park, Pocatello, Idaho/Team Revolution
Abby Rowe, American Falls, Idaho/Team Revolution
Yuliya Stankevich-Brown, Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Elite Gymnastics

Chris Bodine, Champaign, Ill./Sun Elite Athletic Club
Reghan Brands, Belvidere, Ill./Gymnastic Academy of Rockford
Miah Bruns, Crete, Ill./Midwest Training and Ice Center
Myles DeBose, Matteson, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline LTD
Kellyn Euhus, Byron, Ill./Gymnastics Etc.
John Hanten, Heyworth, Ill./Gymnastics Etc.
Victor Householter, Morton, Ill./Central Illinois Gymnastics Academy
Erin Jauch, Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling and Trampoline
Emily Kaler, Rantoul, Ill./Gymnastics Etc.
Trey Katz, Charleston, Ill./Sun Elite Athletic Club
Kayla Kaufmann, Peoria, Ill./Central Illinois Gymnastics Academy
Kelly Keitel, Effingham, Ill./Sun Elite Athletic Club
Naomi Klingbeil, Pekin, Ill./Central Illinois Gymnastics Academy
Clifford Martin, Chicago, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline LTD
Greta Morgan, Crete, Ill./One World Gymnastics
Austin Nacey, Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline LTD
Macy Riedemann, Charleston, Ill./Sun Elite Athletic Club
Katie Sepe, Lombard, Ill./5 Star Tumbling and Trampoline
Avery Tomlin, Crystal lake, Ill./5 Star Tumbling and Trampoline
Tyler Waller, Bloomington, Ill./Gymnastics Etc.
Garret Waterstradt, Paxton, Ill./Sun Elite Athletic Club

Hayley Butcher, Saint John, Ind./Midwest Training and Ice Center
Ronald Jacobson III, Fishers, Ind./The Matrix Gym Inc.
Zachary Ramacci, Dyer, Ind./Midwest Training and Ice Center
Alexander Renkert, Indianapolis, Ind./Geist Sports Academy
Trinity Van Natta, Pendleton, Ind./Geist Sports Academy
Christina (Madi) Webster, Odon, Ind./Tumbling Express

Tristan Ackerson, Florence, Ky./MJM Studios, Inc.

Hunter Brewster, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
Mandie DiMarco, Metairie, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy
Morgan Grossie, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
Ellen Heinen, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
Patrick Lyell, Kenner, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy
Grant Miller, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
Gretchen Schultz, Destrehan, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy
Aliaksei Shostak, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
Rachel Thevenot, Metarie, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy

Ivanna Antezana, Silver Spring, Md./Fairland Gymnastics
Paul Brou, Silver Spring, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics
Simon Carne, Bethesda, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics
Ryan Curto, Bethesda, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics
Kelsey Forbes, Laurel, Md./Fairland Gymnastics
Delilah Glidden, Laurel, Md./Fairland Gymnastics
Allison Horenberg, Silver Spring, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics
Deana Parris, Burtonsville, Md./Fairland Gymnastics
Jessica Stevens, Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics
Lexi von Friedeburg, Bethesda, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics
Andrew Winer, Rockville, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics

Matthew Cress, Royal Oak, Mich./Branch Gymnastics
Mitchell Dewey, Walker, Mich./For the Kidz Gymnastics and Trampoline
Justin Hackett, Kalamazoo, Mich./Branch Gymnastics
Kristle Lowell, Three Rivers, Mich./Branch Gymnastics
Erynn Stier, Morley, Mich./Branch Gymnastics

Nathan Donnelly, Kansas City, Mo./Xtreme Gymnastics and Trampoline
Hally Piontek, Warrensburg, Mo./Kansas City Trampoline Club

New Jersey
Colin Duda, Atlantic Higlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Cody Gesuelli, Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Andrea Ghanian, Holdmel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Higlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Steven Gluckstein, Atlantic Higlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Ginger Hansen, Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Jenna Mazza, Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Meghan O’Connell, Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Liam Quinn, Metuchen, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Courtney Walsh, Red Bank, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy

Jake Carder, Las Vegas, Nev./Go For It USA
Casey Chandler, Reno, Nev./Legacy Trampoline and Tumbling
Quinn Ross, Reno, Nev./Legacy Trampoline and Tumbling

North Carolina
Johnathan Evans, Pinehurst, N.C./Sandhills Academy of Gymnastic
Nicholas Pritchard, Greensboro, N.C./Tumblebees Ultimate Gym
Rebecca Tate, Kernersville, N.C./Flip Force Gymnastics LLC
Jackson Tyson, Greensboro, N.C./Flip Force Gymnastics LLC

Victoria Smith, Cincinnati, Ohio/Queen City Gymnastics/First Kids

Eve Doudican, Bixby, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling
Choyce Hays, Jenks, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling
Cheyenne Kelley, Broken Arrow, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling
Michael O’Dell, Broken Arrow, Okla./T3: Tulsa’s Tumbling and Trampoline
Spencer Reed, Tulsa, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling

Paul Bretscher, Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics Knoxville North

Stewart Brackett, Dallas, Texas/The Palaestra LLC
Hope Bravo, Dallas, Texas/Eagles Wings Athletics
Jordan Bures, Cuero, Texas/South Texas Elite Gymnastics
Kaley DeWeese, Garland, Texas/The Palaestra LLC
Dakota Earnest, Plains, Texas/Acrospirits
Caanon Gibbons, Seminole, Texas/Acrospirits
Brandon Griffith, Murphy, Texas/The Palaestra LLC
Parker Madison, Frisco, Texas/Infinite Bounds
Miranda Maldonado, De Soto, Texas/The Palaestra LLC
Natalie Ory, Midland, Texas/FlippenBounce
Isaac Rowley, Allen, Texas/Eagles Wings Athletics
Morgan Seyler, Flower Mound, Texas/Southlake Gymnastics Academy
Andrew Shurtleff, Flower Mound, Texas/The Palaestra LLC
Shea Silhan, Morton, Texas/Acrospirits
Olivia Simpson, Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme
McKeely Underwood, Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme
Lexi Vigil, Levelland, Texas/Acrospirits
Sarah Webster, Valley View, Texas/Infinite Bounds
Sydney Wendt, Lucas, Texas/Eagles Wings Athletics

Cydney Brereton, Heber City, Utah/Heber Handspringers
Kaden Brown, Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
Mikala Collier, Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude Tumbling and Cheer
Peyton Collier, Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude Tumbling and Cheer
Eliza Floisand, Salt Lake City, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
Amanda Ludwig, Sandy, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
Carter Rhoades, Lindon, Utah/High Altitude Tumbling and Cheer
Landon Speirs, Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling

Caitlin Crawford, Reston, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Center
Garrett Day, Bedford, Va./Dynamic Gymnastics
Brandon Krzynefski, Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Center
Keane Yates, Lynchburg, Va./Dynamic Gymnastics

Aidan Casey, Bellevue, Wash./Action Athletics Inc.
Hayden Fitzgerald, Sammamish, Wash./Action Athletics Inc.
Alexei Yangursky, Redmond, Wash./Action Athletics Inc.

West Virginia
Joseph Isenberg, Martinsburg, W.V./Elite Trampoline Academy