USA advances to men’s, women’s synchro finals at 2018 Pan Am Championships
posted on 09/07/2018

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LIMA, Peru, Sept. 7, 2018 – The USA’s Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Olivia Simpson of Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme, and Jeffrey Gluckstein of Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Isaac Rowley of Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, will compete in the synchronized trampoline finals at the 2018 Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru. Competition continues with qualifications for men’s and women’s trampoline, and the three-day event wraps up on Sunday with the finals.

The Pan Am Championships is the qualifying competition for trampoline for the 2019 Pan American Games, also in Lima. Berths to the Pan Am Games will be determined following individual trampoline’s qualification round. The trampoline field for the Pan Am Games is 12 men and 12 women for trampoline. The 12 spots for both men and women will be allocated to countries in the following manner: 1. six spots – two spots each for the three countries that have two first best-placed gymnasts in the qualification competition; 2. 5 spots – one gymnast from five different countries with the best individual placement in the qualification competition that has not previously obtained a place; and 3. one for the host country, if it has not qualified a male or a female in original 11 spots. If the host country qualifies either a male or a female in the original 11 spots, the 12th will go the sixth country based on placement in the qualification round.

In the qualification round, Gluckstein and Rowley finished at the top of the men’s standings with a 92.600 total, with routine scores of 41.750 and 50.850. Canada's Keegan Soehn and Trevor Stirling qualified second with a 89.710 total while Argentina's Lucas Adorno and Federico Cury advanced in third position with a 84.820 due to the one-per-country rule. Ahsinger and Simpson earned an 80.380 for their two synchro routines, 36.590 for the first routine and a 43.850 for the second, qualifying in third for the teams heading to the finals. Brazil's Camila Gomes and Daienne Lima were first (87.720) followed by Canada's Sophiane Methot and Sarah Milette (83.090)

The complete U.S. Pan Am Championships Trampoline Team is listed below.

    Men
    Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
    Joey Isenberg, Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy
    Isaac Rowley, Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy

    Women
    Nicole Ahsinger, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
    Olivia Simpson, Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme
    Jessica Stevens, Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics

The championships has competition in trampoline, synchronized trampoline and double mini-trampoline. The USA is not competing in double-mini.

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