SOFIA, Bulgaria (November 26, 2022) – Team USA advanced the maximum number of athletes to all finals Saturday, collecting 11 top-10 finishes, as the 2022 T&T World Age Group Competitions wrapped at Arena Sofia.
Amari Jackson (Lakeland, Fla./Elite World Gymnastics) and Eli Nilson (Draper, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) finished just off the podium in fourth in their respective 13-14-year-old tumbling divisions. Nilson’s 23.400 in the opening round of the final earned him a second pass, but he was unable to break into the top three on his subsequent run (20.500), finishing behind Great Britain’s Otis Mason (23.400) and Aaron Steel (22.500) and Kazakhstan’s Islam Kabdollov (22.800). Carter Garn (Bluffdale, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) landed seventh (20.400) after locking up the eighth finals spot with a 43.800. Nilson earned the day’s third-highest qualification score of 47.500. Tyse Love (Gulfport, Miss./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy) was 11th with a 43.200.
Annie Hansen (Hooper, Utah/Northern Star Bounder) and Jackson advanced to the women’s final in fourth (44.600) and fifth (44.500). Jackson’s first finals pass (22.300) put her in medal contention, soliciting one of the round’s four highest scores. She earned a 21.600 on her second pass to capture fourth. Great Britain’s Alicia Field (23.000) took gold, followed by Belgium’s Lani Spiessens (22.700) and Greece’s Maria Aristeidou (22.000). Hansen was eighth (18.000). Skye Hawk (Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy), who pocketed the 13-14 women’s double mini title earlier in the week, finished 22nd (36.300).
Jackie Kent (Downers Grove, Ill./Elite Sports Complex) and Isabella Pansano (Glendale, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics) earned berths in the women’s 15-16 double mini final after posting qualification scores of 50.900 and 50.200. Kent’s 23.800 found her fifth, while Pansano slotted in eighth with a 20.100. Samantha Breckenridge (Taylorville, Ill./Kris Power Tumbling) was 12th (46.600), and Rosalie Thongphay (San Tan Valley, Ariz./USA Youth Fitness Center) was 17th (45.600). Great Britain’s Molly McKenna topped the scoresheet with a 26.000 on her final pass.
On the men’s side, Kai Lawson (Bethesda, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics) and Luke Davis (Chatham, Ill./Kris Power Tumbling) qualified second (52.000) and fourth (51.400). Lawson finished sixth with a 23.000, and Davis was eighth (21.400). Will Cockrill (Plano, Texas/Flip Factory) landed 19th (47.700), and teammate Micah Miner (Glen Carbon, Ill./Kris Power Tumbling) was 38th (26.200) after completing only one pass during qualifications. Portugal’s Francisco Jose led the way in the final with a 27.600.
The U.S. was also represented in both 17-21-year-old synchronized trampoline finals. After qualifying second (45.520), the women’s pair of Peyton Brown (Round Rock, Texas/Tumble Tech) and Ava Hernando (Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy) finished sixth with a 40.900. Avery Kroeker (Franklin, Tenn./Let It Shine) and McKenzie Petrich (Greensboro, N.C./Ultimate Kids) were 18th (18.760). Ryan Maccagnan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Stars Gymnastics) and Jace Williams (Cave Creek, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics) qualified to the men’s final in the top spot (49.260), but a disruption in their second routine left them eighth (5.640). Joey Isenberg (Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy) and Nick Francken (Pleasanton, Calif./Elite Trampoline Academy) delivered Team USA another top-10 showing with a qualification score of 46.780. France’s Gabriel Chevalier and Jimy Leonard claimed the men’s title with a 49.570, and Japan’s Ena Sakurai and Saki Tanaka reigned in the women’s category with a 46.380.