BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Dec. 8, 2008 – The USA earned 18 medals, nine in the senior division and eight in the age-group competition, at the 2008 Pan American Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The U.S. athletes claimed five gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the senior level, and five gold, two silver and one bronze in the age-group competition.
Kalon Ludvigson of Sterling, Utah/Team Revolution, won gold medals in senior men’s tumbling and double mini-trampoline. He placed first in tumbling with a score of 76.00 and set a new world record for degree of difficulty with a 14.80. Austin White finished fifth with a 63.10. Ludvigson won double mini with a score of 74.30. Leanne Seitzinger of Stafford, Va./Novak’s Gymnastics, earned the gold medal in senior women’s tumbling with a 64.20 and Amy McDonald of Richardson, Texas/Eagle’s Wings Athletics, finished fourth.
In senior synchronized trampoline, Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Ultra Twisters, placed first for the men with a score of 48.10. Alaina Hebert of Broussard, La./World Elite Gymnastics and Alaina Williams of Amarillo, Texas/The Matrix Trampoline Team, finished third for the women with a score of 41.30.
In the senior team competition, Hebert, Williams and Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Academy, won the women’s trampoline gold medal. The men’s team of Dooley, Gluckstein and Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill./J & J Tumbling and Trampoline, finished fourth.
The USA claimed two medals in senior men’s trampoline. Devine earned a score of 38.50 and Dooley posted a 38.30, to finish second and third, respectively. Canada’s Jason Burnett won the gold medal with a 39.60. For the women, Vercruyssen won the silver medal with a 35.20 and Hebert finished eighth. Canada’s Rosannagh MacLennan placed first with a 37.00.
Aubree Balkan of Carlsbad, Calif./Bounce, won the silver medal in senior women’s double mini with a score of 68.60, and Sarah Prosen finished fourth with a 66.10, just one tenth of a point out of third place. Canada’s Julie Warnock won the gold medal with a 69.90.
Winning medals in the age-group competition were: Jake Jacobson of Rocklin, Calif./American Powerhouse T&T, two silver in 11-12 year-old men’s trampoline and double mini; Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits, gold in 15-16 year-old women’s trampoline; Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Ultra Twisters, gold in 15-16 year-old men’s trampoline; Conor Murphy of Lake Forest, Calif./Team OC, gold in 15-16 year-old men’s tumbling and bronze in double mini; and Lisa Van Orden of Pingree, Idaho/Team Revolution, two gold in 15-16 year-old women’s double mini and tumbling.