U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling, Rhythmic National Championships, July 26-29
posted on 04/28/2000

Indianapolis - The 2000 U.S. Trampoline & Tumbling and Rhythmic National Championships are scheduled for July 26-29, 2000 in St. Louis to name the 2000-2001 national teams.

"2000 marks the first year that all four USA Gymnastics disciplines compete together for national championships titles and I'm positive it is going to be a very exciting week of gymnastics," said Bob Colarossi, President of USA Gymnastics.

Trampoline & Tumbling

Headlining the competition are Jennifer Parilla (Lake Forest, Calif.), the first Olympian for the sport of trampoline when it debuts in the 2000 Olympic Games, and defending men's and women's trampoline national champions Ryan Weston (Chubbuck, Idaho) and Jennifer Sans (Apple Valley, Minn.) Amanda Lentz (Seminole, Texas), 1999 tumbling national champion and World Cup medalist, is a standout in tumbling competition.

Preliminary competitions are July 26 and 27, and the finals are July 28. All competition (trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini and tumbling) is in the Family Arena.

The top six men and women trampolinists and tumblers earn spots on the 2000-2001 national teams. Two wild card selections are then determined so that eight athletes are on each national team.

Rhythmic Competition

Jessica Howard (Jacksonville, Fla.), the all-around silver medalist at the 2000 Senior Pacific Alliance and the 1999 Pan American Games and the 1999 national all-around champion, competes to defend her title. Strong competition comes from teammate Lindsay Powell (Jacksonville, Fla.), the 1999 Junior National Champion and 2000 Senior Pacific Alliance team silver medalist, and Kate Jeffress (Rockville, Md.), a 1999 U.S. World Championships and Pan American Games team member.

The U.S. Rhythmic National Championships include senior and junior individual and group competition. Individual all-around competition is July 28, with the event finals taking place July 29. Gymnasts are scored on their rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon routines which are added together to determine their all-around score.

The event selects the top eight seniors and juniors from the all-around competition to the 2000-2001 USA Gymnastics Rhythmic National Team. National team members compete for the U.S. in international competitions throughout the year.