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GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Dec. 4, 2010 – Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif., won the men’s trampoline gold medal at the Pan American Cup 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu is the women’s trampoline bronze medalist. Earlier in the competition, the USA qualified for berths in trampoline for the 2011 Pan American Games, Oct. 14-30 in Guadalajara.
Dooley, who trains at World Elite Gymnastics, won the men’s title with his routine that earned a 40.400. Canada’s Charles Thibault was second at 39.200, and Brazil’s Rodrigo Pacheco was third at 36.900. Neil Gulati of Irvine, Calif./World Elite, finished seventh (8.100).
Vercruyssen, who trains at the Hawaii Academy, earned a 36.500 for the bronze medal. Canada’s Karen Cockburn and Rosannagh Maclennan finished first and second, respectively. Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits, posted a 36.200 for fourth.
The other members of the U.S. Team competing in the Pan Am Cup are: Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill./J&J Tumbling and Trampoline, Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Head Over Heels; and Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La./Trampoline & Tumbling Express. Hayley Butcher of St. John, Ind./Midwest Training Center, did not compete due to injury.
Qualification for the Pan Am Games was based on the results in the preliminary round. The countries that finished in the top three in the team rankings will send two athletes each, and the two athletes who finished at the top of the individual preliminary results who are not on one of the top three teams also qualify as individuals. All athletes must be at least 17 years of age in 2011. A maximum of five countries will be represented in each trampoline competition at the Pan Am Games.
The top eight individuals, maximum two per country, advanced to the men’s and women’s individual trampoline finals from the preliminary round.