Mckenna Kurz, Logan Dooley and Steven Gluckstein, and Kalon Ludvigson
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 12, 2010 – Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif., qualified for the synchronized trampoline finals at the 2010 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at the Les Arenes Sports Complex in Metz, France. Also advancing to tomorrow’s finals are Mckenna Kurz of Encinitas, Calif., in women’s double mini-trampoline and Kalon Ludvigson of Sterling, Utah, in men’s tumbling. Four U.S. gymnasts will compete in tonight’s finals: Yuliya Hall of Pocatello, Idaho, and Karly Judkins of Tulsa, Okla., in women’s tumbling; and Alex Renkert of Indianapolis, Ind., and Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif., in men’s double mini-trampoline.

In men’s synchronized trampoline, Gluckstein and Dooley earned a two-routine total of 88.500 to qualify for the finals, scheduled for tomorrow. The duo had a 40.000 for their first routine and a 48.500 for the second for eighth place. Gluckstein trains at Head Over Heels and Dooley’s gym is World Elite. The USA’s second men’s synchro team of Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Head Over Heels, and Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill./J&J Tumbling, had a solid first routine but a mishap on their second. China had the highest score in the preliminary round.

In women’s double-mini, Kurz, who trains at Bounce California, posted a 67.800 to finish in seventh place, with a 33.700 for her first routine and a 34.100 for the second. Sarah Prosen of Apple Valley, Minn./Gleason’s Gypsy Flyers, earned a 65.500, and Ashleigh Thomas of Issaquah, Wash./Gymnastics East, scored a 63.900. Canada’s Corissa Boychuk had the event’s top prelim score.

Ludvigson, who trains at Team Revolution, tallied a 71.300 for his two passes (35.300 and 36.000), qualifying seventh in men’s tumbling prelims. Brandon Sloan of Springfield, Va./Capital Gymnastics, and Renkert also competed in the prelims, receiving total scores of 58.700 and 58.600, respectively.

The championships feature individual competition in trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling. The top eight, with a maximum of two athletes per country, from each event’s qualification round advance to the finals.  Preliminary scores do not carry over to the finals.  

Finals begin Nov. 12 with men’s double-mini at 7:00 p.m., women’s tumbling at 7:30 p.m., women’s synchro at 8:15 p.m., and men’s trampoline at 8:45 p.m. The World Championships conclude on Nov. 13 with finals in women’s double-mini at 3:00 p.m., men’s tumbling at 3:30 p.m., men’s synchro at 4:15 p.m., and women’s trampoline at 4:45 p.m. All times are local in Metz.  

The 2010 World Age Group Championships follow the World Championships in Metz, Nov. 14-19. 2009 World Age Group tumbling gold-medalist Kiara Nowlin of Oxnard, Calif./Waller’s GymJam Academy, headlines the U.S. team for the 2010 World Age Group Championships. For a complete list of World Age Group team members, click here.