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11 senior U.S. titles determined at 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships
posted on 07/01/2017

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MILWAUKEE, July 1, 2017 – On the final night of the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships elite competition at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, 11 senior U.S. titles were awarded: Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, rhythmic all-around; Dasha Baltovick of Highland Park, Ill., Natalie Bourand of Burr Ridge, Ill., Ugne Dragunas of Darien, Ill., Connie Du of Deerfield, Ill., Yelyzaveta Merenzon of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Nicole Sladkov of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Kristina Sobolevskaya of Deerfield, Ill., rhythmic senior group; Alex Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, men’s double-mini; Paige Howard of San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, women’s double-mini; Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, men’s trampoline; Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, women’s trampoline; Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline, men’s tumbling; Rachel Thevenot of Metairie, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy, women’s tumbling; Axel Osborne and Tiffani Williams, both of Moreno Valley, Calif./Realis Gymnastics, mixed pair; Sophie Gruszka, Morgan Sweeney and Amanda Waterson, all of Livermore, Calif./West Coast Training Academy, women’s group; Emily Davis and Aubrey Rosilier, both of San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics, women’s pair. The USA Gymnastics Championships conclude on Sunday with the final day of Junior Olympic competition.

Zeng, a 2016 Olympian, tallied a 138.352 to clinch her third-straight U.S. senior rhythmic all-around title, finishing ahead of Evita Griskenas of Orlando Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, whose 135.734 put her in second. 2016 Olympic alternate Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, landed in third place at 134.486. As the senior National Champion, Zeng is automatically named to the 2017 World Championships Team. From the remaining top-four all-around finishers, the Athlete Selection Committee will name the second World team member and one alternate. Baltovick, Bourand, Dragunas, Du, Merenzon, Sladkov and Sobolevskaya, won the women’s senior group title (62.667).

Gluckstein tallied a 168.735 to win his fourth senior U.S. trampoline crown. Stewart Pritchard of Greensboro, N.C./Tumblebees Ultimate Gym, scored a 161.090 for the silver medal, and Paul Bretscher of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, earned a 158.290 for the number three spot.

Ahsinger scored a 154.020 to clinch her first senior women’s U.S. trampoline title, followed by Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, at 149.420 and Hally Piontek of Warrensburg, Mo./Kansas City Trampoline Club, at 148.275 for second and third, respectively.

Renkert’s 148.700 won the men's double mini-trampoline gold medal. Nacey claimed the silver at 147.700, and Trey Katz of Charleston, Ill./Kris Power Tumbling, rounded out the top three (145.700).

In the women’s double mini-trampoline competition, Howard’s 137.700 clinched the national title. Tristan Van Natta of Plain City, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, was the silver medalist at 135.900, and Piontek earned the bronze (134.700).

Nacey took top honors in the men’s tumbling competition with his 145.400 total. Brandon Krzynefski of Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, was second at 141.300, and Emilio Lehmer, Tempe, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center, rounded out the podium at 134.400.

Thevenot’s 131.500 earned the women’s tumbling crown. Melissa Doucette of Somersworth, N.H./Roots Gymnastics Center, finished in second place with her 126.700. Breanne Millard of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, placed third (126.400).

In the junior men's competition, the 2017 U.S. champions are: Ruben Padilla, Oakley, Calif./Tornado Sport Club, trampoline; Kaden Brown, Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, tumbling; and Aidan Casey, Bellevue, Wash./Seattle Gymnastics-Ballard, double mini-trampoline.

The 2017 U.S. junior women's champions are: Lexi Vigil, Loveland, Texas/Acrospi, trampoline; Eve Doudican, Bixby, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling, tumbling; and Kayttie Nakamura, Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Trampoline and Tumbling, double-mini.

Osborne and Williams won their third consecutive U.S. senior all-around mixed pair title with a total of 83.397. Aisley Boynton and Maxim Sedochenkoff, both of Moreno Valley, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy, placed second at 82.303. In women’s group, Gruszka, Sweeney and Waterson tallied 84.480 points to clinch the national title. Eleanor Chang, Calista Davis and Madison Freed, all of Laurel, Md./Emilias Acro and Cheer, earned the silver medal (84.103), and Emma Bentov-Lagman, Cristin Connerney and Helena Hall, all of Eldersburg, Md./LeeAnns Acrobatic and Tumbling Academy/1st Class Gymnastics, finished third with 81.707. Davis and Rosilier won the women’s pair title (83.033).

The U.S. junior acrobatic gymnastics national champions are: acrobatic gymnastics, all-around – Reagan Dubbels, Alex Edwards, San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio (12-18 women’s pair); Kaitlyn Koegel, Annika Mitchell, Paige Murphy, Annapolis, Md./1st Class Gymnastics (12-18 women’s group); Nate Brooks, Brody Seither, New Orleans, La./Crescent City Gymnastics (12-18 men’s pair); Sean Butehorn, Daniel Disman, Grant Shields, Sean Shields, Laurel, Md./Emilias Acro Gymnastics and Cheer (12-18 men’s group); Jordan Gruendler, Timothy Massa, San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio (12-18 mixed pair); Samantha Conway, Lally Seither, New Orleans, La./Crescent City Gymnastics (13-19 women’s pair); Isabel Chang, Alexandra Gladkova, Caitlyn Kicza, Laurel, Md./Emilias Acro (13-19 women’s group); Angel Felix, Braiden McDougall, Moreno Valley, Calif./Realis Gymnastics (13-19 men’s pair); and Anna Blough, Nathan Burns, Moreno Valley, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy (13-19 mixed pair).

In rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling, the competition is part of the selection process for the 2017 World Championships. For acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling, the USA Gymnastics Championships is part of the selection process for the U.S. teams that will compete at the 2017 World Games, the equivalent of the Olympic Games for sports and events not included in the Olympics. 2016 Olympian Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, has already been named the U.S.’s World Games representative in rhythmic gymnastics.

2017 “Year of” Awards

  • Acrobatic gymnastics
    • Athletes of the Year: Cristen Connernay, Helena Hall and Emma Benatov-Lagman
    • Coach of the Year: Sarah Thomas
    • Sportsperson of the Year: Helena Hall
    • Star Service Award: Sarah Thomas
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
    • Athlete of the Year: Laura Zeng
    • Coach of the Year: Natalia Klimouk
    • Sportsperson of the Year: Serena Lu
    • Star Service Award: Yvonne Cleland
  • Trampoline and tumbling
    • Trampoline Athletes of the Year: Nicole Ahsinger and Jeffrey Gluckstein
    • Milton B. Davis and George Nissen Trampoline Coach of the Year: Steven Gluckstein
    • Double mini-trampoline Athlete of the Year: Paige Howard
    • Bob Bollinger Double-mini Coach of the Year: Austin White
    • Tumbling Athlete of the Year: Breanne Millard
    • James A Rozanas Tumbling Coach of the Year: Jared Olsen
    • Star Service Award: Scott Lineberry

2017 USA Gymnastics Championships
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
July 1, 2017
All results are final.

Rhythmic Gymnastics All-around

    1. Laura Zeng, Libertyville, Ill., 138.352
    2. Evita Griskenas, Orland Park, Ill., 135.734
    3. Camilla Feeley, Highland Park, Ill., 134.486
    4. Nastasya Generalova, Los Angeles, Calif., 127.535
    5. Lili Mizuno, Brentwood, Calif., 127.418
    6. Serena Lu, Staten Island, N.Y., 126.918
    7. Brigita Budginas, Agoura Hills, Calif., 121.684
    8. Ekatherina Kapitonova, Staten Island, N.Y., 120.285
    9. Eliza Cohen, Los Angeles, Calif., 118.501
    10. Heather Chan, South Pasadena, Calif., 118.418
    11. Faith Bolden, Fresno, Texas, 105.484
    12. Isabelle Connor, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 102.418

    1. Baltovick-Bourand- Dragunas-Du-Merenzon-Slad, Deerfield, Ill., 62.667
    2. Brasoveanu-Chen-Gu- Kaluzhny-Salie-Wang, Needham, Mass., 34.034


    1. Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Highslands, N.J., 168.735
    2. Stewart Pritchard, Greensboro, N.C., 161.090
    3. Paul Bretscher, Huntsville, Ala., 158.290
    4. Logan Dooley, Lake Forest, Calif., 157.535
    5. Cody Gesuelli, Schererville, Ind., 156.575
    6. Isaac Rowley, Allen, Texas, 155.585
    7. David Ford, Firestone, Colo., 154.190
    8. Aliaksei Shostak, Lafayette, La., 120.985

    1. Nicole Ahsinger, Lafayette, La., 154.020
    2. Clare Johnson, Huntsville, Ala., 149.420
    3. Hally Piontek, Warrensburg, Mo., 148.275
    4. Jessica Stevens, Ellicott City, Md., 146.870
    5. Susan Stringfellow, Frisco, Texas, 144.515
    6. Shea Silhan, Lafayette, Texas, 142.495
    7. Sarah Webster, Lafayette, La., 107.665


    1. Austin Nacey, Braidwood, Ill., 145.400
    2. Brandon Krzynefski, Centreville, Va., 141.300
    3. Emilio Lehmer, Tempe, Ariz., 134.400
    4. Drew Collins, McKinney, Texas, 133.800
    5. Matthew Hawkins, Phoenix, Ariz., 131.400
    6. Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio, 97.600

    1. Rachel Thevenot, Metairie, La., 131.500
    2. Melissa Doucette, Somersworth, N.H., 126.700
    3. Breanne Millard, Rsm, Calif., 126.400
    4. Hope Bravo, Dallas, Texas, 121.000
    5. Eliza Floisand, Salt Lake City, Utah, 120.900

Double mini-trampoline

    1. Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio, 148.700
    2. Austin Nacey, Braidwood, Ill., 147.700
    3. Trey Katz, Charleston, Ill., 145.700
    4. CJ Rhoades, Joplin, Mo., 136.600
    5. Nicholas Melloni, Potomac Falls, Va., 127.600
    6. Malik DePasquale, Dayton, Nev., 125.200
    7. Matthew Hawkins, Phoenix, Ariz., 106.800
    8. Wolfgang Fanestiel, Hedgesville, W. Va., 91.000

    1. Paige Howard, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 137.700
    2. Tristan Van Natta, Plain City, Ohio, 135.900
    3. Hally Piontek, Warrensburg, Mo., 134.700
    4. Kristle Lowell, Orland Park, Ill., 134.100
    5. Michiko Sharpe, Houston, Texas, 132.700
    6. Kellyn Euhus, Byron, Ill., 130.700
    7. Kelly Keitel, Effingham, Ill., 117.500
    8. Lacey Jenkins, Mattoon, Ill., 95.400

Acrobatic gymnastics

    Women’s group
    1. Sophie Gruszka/Morgan Sweeney/Amanda Waterson, Livermore, Calif., 84.480
    2. Eleanor Chang/Calista Davis/Madison Freed, Laurel, Md., 84.103
    3. Emma Bentov-Lagman, Cristin Connerney, Helena Hall, Eldersburg, Md, 81.707

    Women’s pair
    1. Emily Davis/Aubrey Rosilier, San Antonio, Texas, 83.033

    Mixed Pair
    1. Axel Osborne and Tiffani Williams, Moreno Valley, Calif., 83.397
    2. Aisley Boynton and Maxim Sedochenkoff, Moreno Valley, Calif., 82.303

Background information

  • Visit Milwaukee. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region.
  • BMO Harris Bradley Center. Starting its 30th and final season this July, the BMO Harris Bradley Center is the downtown live entertainment destination that turns moments into memories. Home to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Marquette Golden Eagles men’s basketball team, the Center offers family fun, concerts, sports and special events for fans of all ages. Upcoming events include Roger Waters (July 29), Janet Jackson (Oct. 22), Marvel Universe Live! (Nov. 24-26), Katy Perry (Dec. 4), 2CELLOS (Jan. 24, 2018), and Lorde (Mar. 1, 2018). Learn more on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at
  • Wisconsin Center. The Wisconsin Center, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, opened in 1998 as the Midwest Express Center. Designed for both sensory delight and efficiency, the Wisconsin Center is home to the $1.2 million Burke Family Collection of commissioned and integrated art. Opened in 1998 and completed by the end of 1999, the Wisconsin Center has 188,695 square feet of contiguous, state-of-the-art exhibit space and a 37,506 square-foot ballroom with capacity for 3,150 diners and ample utilities for corporate theater. An additional 39,364 square feet of meeting space can be partitioned into as many as 28 meeting and breakout rooms equipped for satellite links, video teleconferencing, data transmission and other telecommunications and audio-visual technology. The 2,500-4,100 seat Milwaukee Theatre – formerly the Milwaukee Auditorium – provides assembly space or entertainment right across the street. Skywalks to the Hilton and Hyatt hotels link some 1,500 rooms to the Wisconsin Center.
  • USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to