U.S. men win double-mini silver at World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships
posted on 11/10/2017

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Nov. 6, 2017 – Led by Austin Nacey, Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline, the U.S. men won the silver medal in the men’s double mini-trampoline team final tonight at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. The U.S. team consists of Matthew Hawkins of Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics; Nacey; Alex Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics; and CJ Rhoades of Joplin, Mo./Amplify Gymnastics.

Having qualified to the final this morning in third position, the U.S. men improved one position to finish with the silver medal in tonight’s double mini-trampoline team final. Russia took the gold medal with a 114.600 total, followed by the U.S.’s 109.900. Australia took the bronze with a 107.600.

Nacey also advanced to the men’s double-mini individual final in sixth place, scoring 72.900.

In the women’s tumbling team final, Team USA finished fourth with a 97.300 behind China (103.400), Great Britain (99.900) and France (99.100). Hope Bravo of Dallas, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy; Melissa Doucette of Somersworth, N.H./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center; Eliza Floisand of Salt Lake City, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling and Rachel Thevenot of Metairie, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy, represented Team USA in women’s tumbling.

Earlier in the day, Hally Piontek of Warrensburg, Mo./Kansas City Trampoline Club, finished third in the women’s double-mini trampoline standings to earn a spot in the individual final. The U.S. team finished sixth and did not make the team final.

Piontek and Jessica Stevens of Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, earned a 15th place finish in women’s synchronized trampoline with an 82.000. Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Sarah Webster of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, posted a 64.200 to finish 21st.

In the men’s synchronized competition, Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Aliaksei Shostak of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Isaac Rowley of Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, and Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, finished 23rd and 26th, respectively.

The 2017 World Championships’ competition schedule is as follows.

Saturday, Nov. 11

  • Women’s double mini-trampoline team final, 8 a.m. ET
  • Men’s tumbling team final, 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Women’s tumbling final, 9:25 a.m. ET
  • Men’s double mini-trampoline final, 9:55 a.m. ET
  • Women’s synchronized trampoline final, 10:50 a.m. ET
  • Men’s synchronized trampoline final, 11:20 a.m. ET

Sunday, Nov. 12

  • Men’s and women’s trampoline semi-final, 6:30 a.m. ET
  • Women’s double mini-trampoline final, 8:05 a.m. ET
  • Men’s tumbling final, 8:35 a.m. ET
  • Women’s trampoline final, 9:25 a.m. ET
  • Men’s trampoline final, 9:55 a.m. ET

The USA’s draw for the qualification round for the World Championships is: women’s tumbling, group 1 (Nov. 9, 3:30 a.m. ET); men’s tumbling, group 3 (Nov. 9, 11 a.m. ET); men’s trampoline, group 8, women’s trampoline, group 7 (Nov. 9, 12 p.m. ET); women’s synchro, groups 1 and 3 (Nov. 10, 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET); men’s double-mini, group 2 (Nov. 10, 3 a.m. ET); men’s synchronized trampoline, groups 3 and 4 (Nov. 10, 8:15 a.m. ET and 9:15 a.m. ET); and women’s double mini, group 3 (Nov. 10, 8:15 a.m. ET)

The members of the U.S. Team, by event, are listed below.

 

    Men’s trampoline
    Logan Dooley, Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
    Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
    Isaac Rowley, Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy
    Aliaksei Shostak, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
    Cody Gesuelli, Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, alternate

    Women’s trampoline
    Nicole Ahsinger, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
    Hally Piontek, Warrensburg, Mo./Kansas City Trampoline Club
    Jessica Stevens, Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics
    Sarah Webster, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express

    Men’s tumbling
    Brandon Krzynefski, Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
    Emilio Lehmer, Tempe, Ariz./ North Valley Gymnastics
    Austin Nacey, Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline
    Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics
    Drew Collins, McKinney, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, alternate

    Women’s tumbling
    Hope Bravo, Dallas, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy
    Melissa Doucette, Somersworth, N.H./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
    Eliza Floisand, Salt Lake City, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
    Rachel Thevenot, Metairie, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy
    Breanne Millard, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, alternate

    Men’s double mini-trampoline
    Matthew Hawkins, Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics
    Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline
    Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics
    CJ Rhoades, Joplin, Mo./Amplify Gymnastics

    Women’s double mini-trampoline
    Paige Howard, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
    Hally Piontek, Warrensburg, Mo./Kansas City Trampoline Club
    Tristan Van Natta, Plain City, Ohio/Integrity Athletics

Ways to follow the action
Coverage of the World Championships will be posted on usagym.org, including stories, photos and video, and on USA Gymnastics’ social media platforms.

Fans can watch the finals live on OlympicChannel.com and through the Olympic Channel app: Friday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. ET; Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. ET; and Sunday, Nov. 12, 6:30 a.m. ET.

The official website the World Championships is trawchsofia2017.com, and the FIG website is www.fig-gymnastics.com.

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