BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov. 18, 2011 – The U.S. women’s trampoline team placed fourth in today’s team final at the 2011 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Birmingham, England.

Members of the women’s trampoline team include Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits, Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Academy, Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, Alaina Williams of Norman, Okla./Acrospirits, and Alicia Powder of Ladera Ranch, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics (alternate).

Vercruyssen, Earnest, and Vinsant competed for Team USA in the three-up, three-count final.

Vercruyssen was first up in competition for the U.S. and earned a final score of 50.325. Earnest scored a 50.215, followed by Vinsant with the highest U.S score of 52.300. The fourth-place finish is the highest for the women’s trampoline team since 2005 when they won the bronze medal.

Competition continues tomorrow with men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline qualifications at 5 a.m. (Group 1) and 7:20 a.m. (Group 4) ET, followed by women’s double-mini trampoline and tumbling team finals at 1 p.m. ET.