AROSA, Switzerland (July 1, 2022) – Four U.S. trampolinists are through to the second round of FIG World Cup 51st Nissen Cup individual qualifications after Friday’s opening round at the Sports and Conference Centre Arosa. Maia Amano (Honolulu, Hawaii/Fairland Gymnastics), Jessica Stevens (Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics) and Sarah Webster (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) advanced in the women’s division, while Isaac Rowley (Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy) qualified on the men’s side. The U.S. will also be represented in both synchronized trampoline finals.
Stevens was the highest-placing American athlete on the day. She qualified in the 10th spot with a 53.445, followed by Amano in 11th with a 53.360 and Webster in 13th with a 52.950. Nicole Ahsinger’s (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) 51.895 landed her 20th. Japan’s Hikaru Mori topped the scoresheet with a 56.235.
Rowley led the way for the U.S. men with a 57.975. He advanced to the second round of qualifications in the 15th position. Cody Gesuelli (Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy) was 22nd with a 57.125, and Elijah Vogel (Longmont, Colo./Elevated Trampoline Sports Academy) finished 27th with a 56.015. Japan’s Ryusei Nishioka posted a 60.440 to claim the day’s top mark.
Ahsinger and Webster nabbed the second-highest qualification score in women’s synchro behind a 48.490. They were outpaced only by the Japanese duo of Mori and Megu Uyama, who advanced in the top spot with a 49.520. Amano and Stevens were third with a 47.880 but will not participate in the final due to the one-pair-per-country limit. Gesuelli and Vogel delivered a 48.610 to claim their spot in the men’s final. France’s Morgan Demiro-o-Domiro and Allan Morante set the bar with a 52.090.
The second round of individual qualifications will take place Saturday in two groups. Rowley will lead off Group 1 at 5:20 a.m. ET. All three U.S. women will compete with Group 2 at 5:45 a.m. ET. The top eight men’s and women’s gymnasts, limited to two athletes per country, will advance to the individual finals, which are set to begin at 10:20 a.m. ET. Synchronized trampoline finals will close out competition Saturday at 11:10 a.m. ET. The women’s finals will precede the men’s in both categories.