Simpson/Vigil, Bretscher/Gesuelli win senior synchronized trampoline titles at 2018 USA Gymnastics Championships
posted on 07/04/2018

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GREENSBORO, N.C., July 4, 2018 – Olivia Simpson of Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme, and Lexi Vigil of Levelland, Texas/Acrospirits; and Paul Bretscher of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, and Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, won the women’s and men’s synchronized trampoline titles, respectively, at the 2018 USA Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling, in Greensboro, N.C. Competition resumes tomorrow.

Scheduled for July 3-7 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum Complex, the competition includes both Junior Olympic and elite levels and is one of the national championships held annually by USA Gymnastics. The rhythmic gymnast and female trampolinist who will represent the United States at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, scheduled for October in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will also be determined in Greensboro. The senior elite athletes compete in the evening sessions. The sessions at the Coliseum will be webcast live at usagymchamps.com.

In the senior men’s competition, the duo of Bretscher and Gesuelli won the title with a two-day total of 135.300 for first, followed by Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Aliaksei Shostak of Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, whose total score was 131.000. Joseph Isenberg of Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Ruben Padilla of Oakley, Calif./Tornado Sport Club, were third (67.800).

Simpson and Vigil took top honors for the senior women with a total score of 128.600. Susan Stringfellow of Frisco, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, and Trinity Van Natta of Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, landed in second with a two-day score of 117.200. Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, rounded out the medal podium courtesy of a 94.500 total. Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Sarah Webster, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express T&T Express, were fourth (43.200).

The junior elite synchro champions were Trevor Harder of Kernersville, N.C./Flip Force Gymnastics, and Jonathan Reagan of Mocksville, N.C./Flip Force Gymnastics, men (117.500); and Angelina Garza of Victoria, Texas/Victoria Gymagic Inc., and Krista McNary of Victoria, Texas/Victoria Gymagic Inc., women (123.600)

2018 USA Gymnastics Championships
Synchronized trampoline, junior and senior elite
Final results
Greensboro, N.C.


Men

    Senior
    1. Paul Bretscher, Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, and Cody Gesuelli, Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, 135.300
    2. Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Aliaksei Shostak, Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, 131.000
    3. Joseph Isenberg, Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Ruben Padilla, Oakley, Calif./Tornado Sport Club, 67.800

    Junior
    1. Trevor Harder, Kernersville, N.C./Flip Force Gymnastics, and Jonathan Reagan, Mocksville, N.C./Flip Force Gymnastics, 117.500
    2. Nicholas Verderosa, Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Elijah Vogel, Longmont, Colo./Airborne Colorado, 102.600
    3. Logan Gilbert, Paris, Texas/Texas Tumbling and Trampoline Institute, and Ashton Young, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, 99.600
    4. Raf Bryant, Worthington, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, and Logan Neff, Dublin, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, 86.300

Women

    Senior
    1. Olivia Simpson, Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme, and Lexi Vigil, Levelland, Texas/Acrospirits, 128.600
    2. Susan Stringfellow, Frisco, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, and Trinity Van Natta, Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, 117.200
    3. Charlotte Drury, Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, 94.500
    4. Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Sarah Webster, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express T&T Express, 43.200

    Junior
    1. Angelina Garza, Victoria, Texas/Victoria Gymagic Inc., and Krista McNary, Victoria, Texas/Victoria Gymagic Inc., Gymagic, 123.600
    2. Erin Dirr, Alexandria, Ky./MJM Studios Inc., and Kimberly Tipton, Edna, Texas/Victoria Gymagic, 119.900
    3. Ellen Heinen, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Sydney Senter, Aiea, Hawaii/Hawaii Academy, 117.000
    4. Mary Gallagher, Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Juliana Okun, Belford, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, 112.800
    5. Maia Amano, Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Academy, and Kayttie Nakamura, Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Academy, Hawaii, 102.800
    6. Ellie Clater, Mission Viejo, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Allie Singer, Ladera Ranch, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, 87.400

Event information
For the junior and senior elite levels for each discipline, the athletes will vie for national titles. Performances in Greensboro also will determine berths on the junior and senior U.S. National Teams for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. For rhythmic gymnastics and women’s trampoline, the competition will be part of the selection process for the Youth Olympic Games. The Junior Olympic division has several different levels, and national titles will be awarded for each level and age group for each discipline.

Evening session tickets at the Greensboro Coliseum are: July 5 and 6, $35; and July 7, $40. The all-session pass, which grants access to all sessions, is $95. A $35, single-day pass will be available onsite on competition days. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office, ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

The elite competition schedule, held in the Greensboro Coliseum, is as follows. The schedule for the Special Events Center is available at usagymchamps.com. All times are Eastern.

Thursday, July 5

 

  • 1:30 p.m. - Rhythmic gymnastics: junior hoop, ball and all-around; senior hoop and ball finals/all-around prelims; junior group five ropes
  • 6 p.m. - Acrobatic gymnastics: balance and dynamic
    Rhythmic gymnastics: senior group, five hoops prelims; senior hoop and ball finals/all-around prelims
    Trampoline and tumbling: senior double mini-trampoline, tumbling and trampoline prelims

Friday, July 6

  • 1:30 p.m. - Rhythmic gymnastics: junior group, 10 clubs; junior clubs, ribbon and all-around finals; senior, clubs and ribbon finals/all-around prelims
  • 6 p.m. - Acrobatic gymnastics: balance and dynamic
    Rhythmic gymnastics: senior group, three ropes/two balls prelims; senior clubs and ribbon finals/all-around prelims
    Trampoline and tumbling: senior double mini-trampoline, tumbling and trampoline prelims

Saturday, July 7

  • 1:30 p.m. - Rhythmic gymnastics: senior group, five hoops finals; and senior all-around finals (hoop and ball)
  • 3 p.m. - Youth Olympic Games qualification: rhythmic gymnastics; women’s trampoline
  • 6 p.m. - Finals
      Acrobatic gymnastics: combined
      Rhythmic gymnastics: senior group, three ropes/two balls; senior all-around (clubs and ribbon)
      Trampoline and tumbling: senior trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline

The local hosts for the event are the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Tournament Hosts of Greensboro, and Sports & Properties, Inc. This will be the third time gymnastics events have come to Greensboro, following the 2015 USA Gymnastics Championships and the 2014 American Cup and Nastia Liukin Cup.

The USA Gymnastics Championships was first held in 2014 at the KFC Yum! Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. In addition to Greensboro, past sites are Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center (2016), and Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center and Wisconsin Center (2017). For more information on the USA Gymnastics Championships, please go to usagymchamps.com.

Background information

  • Acrobatic gymnastics. Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds characterize the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise. An acrobatic gymnastics pair consists of a base and a top. A women’s group is comprised of three athletes – a base, middle and top partner – while a men’s group has four athletes, a base, two middle partners and one top partner.
  • Rhythmic gymnastics. Rhythmic gymnastics is characterized by grace, beauty and elegance combined with dance and acrobatic elements, while working with the apparatus in a choreographed routine to music. The five apparatus used in rhythmic gymnastics are rope, hoop, ball, clubs, and ribbon. Rhythmic gymnasts may compete individually or as a group. The choreography must cover the entire floor with intricate apparatus handling, dance combinations, jumps, leaps, rotations, and balance difficulties. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill. Physical abilities needed by a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity, endurance and hand-eye coordination.
  • Trampoline and tumbling. Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double, triple and quadruple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.
  • Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an independent, non-profit governmental authority whose mission is to aggressively market Greensboro’s assets, maximizing economic impact while providing excellent visitor service. Guilford County ranks third in the state in travel and tourism expenditures, with over $1.2 billion generated in 2015 and more than 13,000 people employed in travel-related jobs. For more information: www.visitgreensboronc.com.
  • Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is a multi-building facility designed to serve the citizens of Greensboro and the surrounding area through a broad range of activities, including athletic events, cultural arts, concerts, theater, educational activities, fairs, exhibits, and public and private events of all kinds including conventions, convocations and trade and consumer shows. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is one of the most actively booked facilities in the country hosting more than 1,100 events on an annual basis. With its incredible versatility, the Complex has gained worldwide acclaim from promoters, producers, event planners and patrons. For more information; www.greensborocoliseum.com.
  • Sports & Properties, Inc. SPI is a sports marketing and sports development firm concentrating in three primary areas of business: major sponsorships, including naming rights; sports tourism; and major events. SPI recent projects include the Raleigh-Durham market’s Major League Soccer Application, the USA Masters Games, greater Asheville sports tourism, and the Seminole County Sports Complex. Event projects include the Africa Youth Games, US Figure Skating Championships, and the American Cup Gymnastics. SPI clients include Capitol Broadcasting Company, the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, the North Carolina Football Club, and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, among others. For more information on SPI, visit sportsproperties.com.
  • USA Gymnastics. 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.