INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 21, 2011 – The 2011 Acro Cup, held Feb. 12-13 at the USA Gymnastics National Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, an Olympic Training Site, served as a selection event for spring international assignments and approved international club competitions. Competition included senior elite, junior elite, and 11-16 age group gymnasts. Athletes or new pair/groups selected for international competition were added to the 2010-2011 U.S. National Acrobatic Gymnastics Team.
The following teams will represent the United States in Puurs, Belgium, April 12-17, 2011.
Flanders World Cup
- Mixed pair – Melissa Gong of Perris, Calif.; Ryan Ward of Riverside, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy
- Women’s pair – Beth Landeche of New Orleans, La.; Nicole Barrilleaux of Metairie, La./Crescent City Gymnastics
- Women’s group – Leslie Munoz of Homeland, Calif.; Aimee Bruns of Riverside, Calif.; Tayler Harris of Pleasanton, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy
Flanders International Acro Cup
- Mixed Pair – Eirian Smith of Livermore, Calif.; Jake Kanavel of San Jose, Calif./West Coast Training Center
- Women’s Pair – Mariah Cockshell of Lee’s Summit, Mo./ Kennedy Swanson of Blue Springs, Mo./Acro Explosion
- Women’s group – Ginger Burrows of Potomac, Md.; Erica Prestipino and Kerrie Prestipino of Rockville, Md./Xtreme Acro
- Junior 11-6 women’s pair – Julia Shrader of Edgewater, Md; Savannah Bentley of Annapolis, Md. (1st Class Gymnastics), women’s pair
- Junior 11-6 women’s group — Holland Koller, Sophia Handel, and Rachel Zorn of Annapolis, Md./1st Class Gymnastics)
- Women’s Group – Kelli Weidmaier of Holt, Mo.; Halie Kimmel and Mariah Wilkin of Kearney, Mo./Rising Star Acro Club
The 2011 additions to the acro national team are listed below.
Senior National Team
- Brian Kincher of Livermore, Calif.; Cassandra Lim of San Ramon, Calif. (West Coast Training Center), mixed pair
- Munoz, Bruns, Harris (Realis), women’s group
- Gong, Ward (Realis), mixed pair
Junior 12-19 National Team
- Burrows, E. Prestipino, K. Prestipino (Xtreme), women’s group
Junior 11-16 National Team
- Shrader, Bentley (1st Class Gymnastics), women’s pair
- Koller, Handel, Zorn (1st Class Gymnastics), women’s group
- Ciera Wilson of Riverside, Calif.; Alexandria Alaman of Fontana, Calif. (Empire), women’s pair