KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 5, 2013 – 2011 U.S. champion Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./ETA and Hayley Butcher of Saint John, Ind./Midwest Training and Ice Center, lead the preliminary senior trampoline standings at the 2013 U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Championships inside Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.
Elite competition wraps up tomorrow night with the crowning the U.S. champions in trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline. USA Gymnastics will provide a live webcast of the event on its YouTube channel.
Gluckstein posted a two-routine total of 104.605 to take the lead, followed by Neil Gulati of Irvine, Calif./World Elite, 101.790, and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./ETA, 101.370, who is the reigning champion.
Butcher scored 95.760 to top the prelim standings, followed by Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas/All-American Gymnastics, 94.715, and Deana Parris of Burtonsville, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, 93.735, in second and third, respectively. 2012 Olympian Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La./T&T Express, the reigning U.S. champion, is in fifth place.
Kalon Ludvigson of Pocatello, Idaho/Team Revolution, who has won a record seven U.S. tumbling titles, leads after tonight's preliminary competition with 76.800, Austin Nacey of Brairwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline, 74.400, and Alex Renkert of Indianapolis, Ind./Geist Sports Academy, 73.400, were second and third, respectively.
In the women's tumbling competition, Yulia Stankevich-Brown of Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Elite Gymnastics, earned a 66.800 total for a provisional first place. Marina Moskalenko of Saint Cloud, Fla./Stick It Gymnastics, 64.800, and Stephanie Rennie of Riverdale, Utah/Flipside Tumbling, 56.500, rounded out the top three.
Renkert leads the standings on men's double-mini, posting a 73.100, followed by a three-way tie for second with Garret Waterstradt of Paxton, Ill./Irish's Gymnastics, Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif./World Elite, and Nacey, who had matching 73.000 totals.
Kristle Lowell of Orland Park, Ill./Branch Gymnastics, scored 70.500 to lead the preliminary senior women's double mini-trampoline competition. Tristan Van Natta of Pendleton, Ind./Geist Sports Academy, finished second with a score of 67.600, followed by Moskalenko, 67.200.
In the junior men's competition, Cody Gesuelli of Middletown, N.J./ETA, trampoline; Brandon Krzynefski of Centreville, Va./Capital, tumbling; and John Hanten of Heyworth, Ill./Gymnastics Etc., double mini-trampoline; lead the preliminary standings.
Maggie Gallagher of Coto de Caza, Calif./World Elite, trampoline; Gretchen Schultz of Destrehan, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy, tumbling; and Madi Webster of Odon, Ind./Tumbling Express, double-mini; posted the top scores in the junior women's events in today's preliminary competition.
The competition schedule is listed below.
July 6 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Finals (trampoline, tumbling, double mini-trampoline)
Junior Olympic Division
July 6 - 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. - Levels 8-10; 2-4 p.m. - Level 10 Finals
July 7 – 7-8:30 p.m. - Level 9 Finals
July 7 - 8:30-9:30 p.m. - Regional All Star Competition
July 8 - 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - Levels 5-7
July 9 - 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - Levels 5-7
July 10 - 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - Levels 5-7
Kansas City last hosted the U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in 2008.
Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform single, double and twisted somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated spring runways that enable athletes to jump at heights over 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. Double-mini competition involves the athlete making a short run and leaping onto a small two-level trampoline. The athlete will then perform an aerial maneuver and dismount onto a landing mat.