ODENSE, Denmark, Nov. 27, 2015 – The U.S. women’s double mini-trampoline team advanced as the top qualifier to the team final today at the 2015 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at the Stadium Arena Fyn in Odense, Denmark. In addition, the men’s double-mini team qualified to tonight’s team final in second place. Competition continues tonight at 6 p.m. local time with the team finals for men’s double-mini, women’s tumbling and men’s and women’s trampoline. Team USA is competing in the evening’s team finals for men’s double-mini and women’s tumbling. USA Gymnastics will provide live coverage of the finals on its YouTube channel.
The other U.S. qualifiers from today’s qualification rounds were: Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, men’s synchronized trampoline; Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas/Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Dakota Earnest of Tokio, Texas/Trampoline and Tumbling Express, women’s synchronized trampoline; Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline, and Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, men’s individual double-mini; and Tristan Van Natta of Pendleton, Ind./Integrity, and Erin Jauch of Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling and Trampoline, women’s double-mini.
Dooley and Steven Gluckstein earned a spot in the men’s synchronized trampoline final, totaling 88.200 to qualify in a tie for third place. Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Aliaksei Shostak of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, had a strong compulsory routine, which earned 39.400, but interrupted their optional routine before completing all 10 skills. They finished with a 69.800 combined score for 20th.
Dunavin and Earnest punched their ticket to the finals with an 81.400 total. They finished in 10th but advanced due to the one per country rule in team finals. Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix Gym, Inc., were right behind Dunavin and Earnest in 11th, posting an 81.000.
2014 World bronze-medalist Nacey led the way for an impressive men’s double-mini team that qualified to tonight’s team final in second place. The team score was 223.300, behind Russia’s 228.900. Nacey was the third-best qualifier with a 75.300 total and advanced to the individual final. Three-time World silver-medalist White also made the individual final, posting 74.100. The two remaining members of the men’s double mini-team did not advance to the individual finals. Alex Renkert of Indianapolis, Ind./ Integrity, was ninth (73.600) and Garret Waterstradt of Savoy, Ill./Sun Elite Gymnastics, was 12th (72.600).
Jauch and Van Natta led the way for the U.S. women’s double-mini team with matching 68.500 totals, as well as advanced to the individual finals. Paige Howard of Mission Viejo, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, was close behind with a 68.100, which was 12th. 2013 World champion Kristle Lowell of Orland Park, Ill./Tumbling on USA, finished 22nd with a 64.500 total score. The women’s team posted a total of 205.400, just ahead of Canada’s 205.000.
The 2015 World Championships’ competition schedule is:
- Nov. 27 – team finals for women’s tumbling, men’s double mini-trampoline, and men’s and women’s trampoline at 12 p.m. ET
- Nov. 28 – team finals for women’s double mini-trampoline and men’s tumbling at 9 a.m. ET, and finals for men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline at 11:35 a.m. ET, women’s tumbling at 10:20 a.m. ET, and men’s double mini-trampoline at 10:50 a.m. ET
- Nov. 29 – semifinals (7:30 a.m. ET) and finals (10:25 a.m. ET) for men’s and women’s trampoline, and finals for women’s double-mini and men’s tumbling (9:05 a.m. ET).
Ways to follow the action
Coverage of the World Championships will be posted on usagym.org, including stories, photos and video, and on USA Gymnastics’ social media platforms. USA Gymnastics will post every U.S. routine from the qualifying rounds on its YouTube channel, as well as usagym.org, and will carry live coverage of the final rounds, Nov. 27-29.
The finals schedule for the live webcast is as follows.
- 6 p.m. DEN/12 p.m. USET – Team finals – women’s tumbling, men’s double mini-trampoline; men’s/women’s trampoline
- 3 p.m. DEN/9 a.m. USET – Team finals – women’s double mini-trampoline, men’s tumbling
- 4:20 p.m. DEN/10:20 a.m. USET – Finals – women’s tumbling
- 4:50 p.m. DEN/10:50 a.m. USET – Finals – men’s double mini-trampoline
- 5:35 p.m. DEN/11:35 a.m. USET – Finals – men’s/women’s synchronized trampoline
- 1:30 p.m. DEN/5:30 a.m. USET – Semifinals – men’s/women’s trampoline
- 3:05 p.m. DEN/9:05 a.m. USET – Finals – women’s double-mini, men’s tumbling
- 4:25 p.m. DEN/10:25 a.m. USET – Finals – men’s/women’s trampoline
DEN=Odense, Denmark; USET=U.S. Eastern time zone
The International Gymnastics Federation’s website, fig-gymnastics.com, will also have complete coverage, results, etc. The hashtags for social media are: #wch2015 #worldchampionships2015 #trampoline #tumbling #dmt.