BAKU, Azerbaijan (February 18, 2023) – Ava Hernando (Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy), Ryan Maccagnan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Stars Gymnastics) and Elijah Vogel (Longmont, Colo./Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics) are through to Day 2 after opening round qualifications of the Baku World Cup. Vogel is also set to compete in the men’s synchronized trampoline final with partner Zachary Ramacci (St. John, Ind./Element Tumbling and Trampoline). Trinity Van Natta (Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy) and Jessica Stevens (Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics) will represent the U.S. in the women’s synchro final.

Hernando’s 51.580 qualified her to the women’s individual trampoline final in seventh. Van Natta, who was 11th with a 50.460, secured a reserve spot in the same final. She finished just ahead of Stevens in the 12th spot (50.130). Peyton Brown (Round Rock, Texas/Tumble Tech) was 20th (24.690).

On the men’s side, the top-16 gymnasts advanced to a second round of qualifications set to lead off Sunday’s competition slate. Maccagnan’s top-10 finish (57.010) secured his spot in Day 2’s qualifier followed closely by Vogel who landed 13th with a 56.700. Jace Williams (Cave Creek, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics) and Ramacci were 20th (55.620) and 21st (54.910), respectively.

Vogel and Ramacci’s synchronized routine, which garnered the fourth-highest score of the day (50.020), earned them a spot in tomorrow’s final. Maccagnan and Williams were 10th (37.040). In the women’s division, Stevens and Van Natta posted a 46.580 to claim a top-three spot going into the final. Hernando and Brown took seventh with a 41.520 but did not advance due to the one-pair-per-country limit.

The competition continues tomorrow at 12 p.m. at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi with the second round of men’s individual qualifications. All finals will follow. Baku is nine hours ahead of the Eastern U.S. time zone. For more information, click here. For live scoring, click here.