Savannah Vinsant
© Todd Bissonette

AALSMEER, Netherlands, March 21, 2009 – The USA claimed three medals – one gold, one silver and one bronze – at the 2009 Flower Cup, an international trampoline competition held in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. Savannah Vinsant of Newton, Texas/Trampoline & Tumbling Express, won the gold medal in Class I girls, and Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Head Over Heels, and Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, claimed the silver medal in Class I boys and the bronze medal in Class I men, respectively.

Vinsant posted a score of 35.10 in Class I girls to top Greece’s Lila Kasapoglou and the Netherland’s Pascal Wiebering, who finished second and third, respectively. Gluckstein scored a 36.80 in Class I boys to finish second behind Denmark’s Daniel Prest. Hunter Brewster of Lafayette, La./Trampoline & Tumbling Express, placed eighth.

The USA finished third, fourth and sixth in Class I men. Dooley’s 39.70 placed him third behind the Netherland’s Fernando Gotschin and Germany’s Martin Gromowski. Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Head Over Heels, and Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill./ J & J Tumbling and Trampoline, were fourth and sixth, respectively.

Three U.S. national team members also competed but did not advance to finals: Brittany Caddell of Levelland, Texas/Acrospirits; Jane Truster of Lee’s Summit, Mo./Twist-N-Shout; and Alaina Williams of Amarillo, Texas/The Matrix Gym Inc.

Other U.S. athletes competing at the Flower Cup were: Hayley Butcher of St. John, Ind./Midwest Training & Ice Center; Aubrey Denton of Lafayette, La./Trampoline & Tumbling Express; Justice Frangipane of Mission Viejo, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics; Neil Gulati of Irvine, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics; Dante Hebert of Carencro, La./Trampoline & Tumbling Express; Sean Kennedy of Middletown, N.J./Head Over Heels; Katherine Krenek of Plano, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics; Parker Madison of Flower Mound, Texas/The Palaestra LLC; Amy Matthews of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express; Stephanie Rodriguez of Midland, Texas/GymTyme Tumbling and Gym Inc.; Scott Sapolio of Red Oak, Texas/The Palaestra LLC; Shea Silhan of Morton, Texas/Acrospirits; Mary Beth Weathers of Carrollton, Texas/The Palaestra LLC; and Sarah Webster of Valley View, Texas/The Palaestra LLC.

The 2009 Flower Cup featured trampoline competition in the following categories: Class I men and women (athletes born in or prior to 1992); Class I boys and girls (athletes born later than 1992); and Class II men and women (all ages). Class I has unrestricted difficulty, while the difficulty in Class II is capped at 8.0.