PUTIAN, China, March 25, 2016 – The U.S. won three medals – one silver and two bronze – at the 2016 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competition in Putian, China. Jarrett Darrah and Emma Fitzgerald, both of Placerville, Calif./ Northern California Acrobatic Foundation, mixed pair – 11-16, won the silver medal, while Angel Felix and Braiden McDougall, both of Moreno Valley, Calif./ Realis Gymnastics, men’s pair – 11-16, and Sean Butehorn, Daniel Disman, Grant Shields, and Sean Shields all of of Columbia, Md./Emilia’s Acro Gymnastics, men’s group – 11-16, won bronze medals.

In the mixed pair group ages 11-16, Darrah and Fitzgerald earned a 27.500 to finish .300 behind the champions Elena Kovalenko and Anatoly Slivkov of Russia. Great Britain’s Jordan Franklin and Ella Hanna Sanz placed third with a 27.450.

In men’s pair for ages 11-16, Felix and McDougall earned the bronze medal with a 27.200. Artem Simonov and Andrei Zuev of Russia placed first with a 28.350 followed by Hector Kinghorn and Samuel Large of Great Britain in second with a 28.200.

Butehorn, Disman, Grant Shields, and Sean Shields placed third in men’s group -11-16, with a score of 26.600. Russia’s Maksim Pavelko, Kirill Romanov, Rustam Salimdzhanov and Bogdan Stepanov posted a 28.250 to earn the gold. Great Britain placed second with Daniel Axford, Max Crawford, Leo Keenan and Jacob Robinson at 27.500.

Here’s how the remaining U.S. pairs/groups did in the finals.

  • Alex Edwards and Morgan Price, both of San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio, women’s pair – 11-16: 27.650, fourth place.
  • Jordan Gruendler, Elizabeth Kirchner and Alexis Leinonen, all of San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio, women’s group – 11-16: 27.050, eighth place.