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U.S. double-mini trampoline teams capture two bronze in Birmingham
posted on 11/19/2011

BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov. 19, 2011 – The U.S. men's and women's double-mini teams won the bronze medals in today's team finals at the 2011 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Birmingham, England.

The women started off the competition with Kristie Lowell of Orland Park, Ill./5 Star Tumbling and Trampoline, scoring a 33.600. Marina Moskalenko of Orlando, Fla./Stick It Gymnastics, and Erin Jauch of Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling and Trampoline, followed with a 33.800 and 33.400, respectively, placing the U.S. in third with a total of 100.800. Canada placed first with 104.100, and Portugal finished second with 102.900.

Joining Jauch, Lowell and Moskalenko on the U.S. women's double-mini trampoline team were Erica Owen of Mission Viejo, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Sonia Shah of Indianapolis/Scamps Gymnastics (alternate).

For the men, Ryan Roberts of Ramona, Calif./Branch Gymnastics, scored a 24.200, as Austin White of Irvine, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, followed with the third highest score of the men's competition with a 37.300. Kalon Ludvigson of Pocatello, Idaho/Team Revolution, finished off the men's competition with a 24.100, giving the U.S. a third-place finish of 85.600. Canada placed first with an earned score of 108.600, followed by Brazil in second with a 103.200.

Other members of the U.S. men's double-mini trampoline team included Trey Katz of Charleston, Ill./Sun Elite Athletic Club, and Casey Chandler of Reno, Nev./Legacy Trampoline and Tumbling (alternate).

In the women's tumbling team finals, the U.S. finished fourth behind China (102.00), Russia (101.000), and France (95.200), with an overall total of 88.200.

Synchro pair of Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits, and Alaina Williams of Norman, Okla./Acrospirits, placed fifth in this morning's qualification round and fourth in the finals with a total of 46.300. Germany placed first with a 48.100, followed by Canada and Great Britain with scores of 47.600 and 47.000, respectively.

The 2011 Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships will conclude tomorrow as the U.S. competes in the men's and women's double mini-trampoline, men's tumbling, and women's individual trampoline, beginning at 9 a.m. ET.