USA qualifies for women’s, men’s trampoline finals at 2018 Junior Pan Am Trampoline Championships
posted on 06/22/2018

© John Cheng

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia, June 22, 2018 – The U.S. men and women both qualified the maximum of two athletes for the trampoline finals at the 2018 Junior Pan American Trampoline Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Held at the Pabellon Municipal de Gimnasia – Zona la Chimba, Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, earned the top women’s qualification round score to clinch a U.S. spot for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The finals for synchronized trampoline are scheduled for later today.

Two men and two women, including at least one athlete from Argentina, will represent the Americas at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Buenos Aires later this year, in trampoline. The U.S. men just missed a chance for one of the men’s two Youth Olympic Games berths.

For the women’s qualifications, Oh posted a two-routine total of 93.950 (44.135/49.815) to finish at the top of the qualification rankings. Olivia Simpson of Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme, and scored a 92.505 (41.675/50.830) for third. Kayttie Nakamura of Honolulu/Hawaii Academy, earned a 90.755 (39.485/51.270) for fourth. Michelle Mares of Mexico was second at 93.085.

Logan Gilbert of Paris, Texas/Texas Tumbling and Trampoline Institute, tallied a two-routine score of 100.530 (45.120/55.410) for third. Ruben Padilla of Oakley, Calif./Tornado Sport Club, who injured his foot during warm-up, notched a 100.150 (44.185/55.965) and fourth place. Joseph Isenberg of Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy, claimed a 97.750 (43.285/54.465) for seventh. Jeremy Chartier of Canada led the qualification rankings at 103.995, and Mexico’s Victor Rodriguez was second with a 103.360.

Oh and Simpson are teaming up in the women’s synchronized trampoline final, with Gilbert and Isenberg competing in the men’s final.

The USA is only competing in individual and synchronized trampoline, and the remaining trampoline competition schedule is below. Times listed are Eastern. For the complete schedule, click here.

    June 22
    7:35 p.m. - Synchronized trampoline finals
    June 23
    1:55 p.m. - Women’s individual trampoline finals
    2:20 p.m. - Men’s individual trampoline finals

Oh secured a woman’s berth for the USA. Only gymnasts born in 2001-02 are eligible to qualify for a Youth Olympic Games berth for their country, based on the results from the individual trampoline qualification in the junior category. The USA previously qualified for men’s and rhythmic gymnastics.

The U.S. coaches for the event are Steven Gluckstein, USA Gymnastics junior national team head coach, and Max Vercruyssen of Hawaii Academy.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that empowers and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has already taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its safe sport policies and procedures. The organization’s 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 usagym.org.