© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, April 18, 2014 – Headlining the field of 277 athletes competing in trampoline and tumbling’s 2015 U.S. Elite Challenge, scheduled for April 24-26 at U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., are: 2014 World double mini-trampoline champion Erin Jauch of Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling & Trampoline; 2012 Olympian Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; 2014 U.S. trampoline champions Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; World double-mini medalists Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics (silver), and Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./Twiststars (bronze); and five-time U.S. women’s tumbling champion Yuliya Stankevich-Brown of Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Elite Gymnastics.

The three-day event showcases the USA’s best in men’s and women’s trampoline, tumbling, synchronized trampoline and double mini-trampoline. The two men and two women who will compete in trampoline at the 2015 Pan American Games, pending approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee, will be determined at the conclusion of the Elite Challenge.

To be considered for the Pan Am Games Team, eligible senior trampoline athletes have two ways to qualify for the Pan Am Games athlete pool: already earned minimum scores (46.000 for compulsory and a 54.000 for optional routines, men; 44.000 for compulsory and 50.000 for optional routines, women) at one of three events prior to the Elite Challenge; or earn at least the minimum score noted above for the compulsory routine and the optional routines in the preliminary and final rounds. The gymnasts who have already met the minimum scoring criteria are: 2014 Youth Olympian Nicole Ahsinger of San Diego/So Cal TTC; 2008 and 2012 Olympic alternate Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics; Jeffrey Gluckstein; and Aliaksei Shostak of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express. The Pan Am Games team will be determined either by performances at the Elite Challenge and/or through the Selection Committee. The four athletes will be announced on April 25. For the complete, official selection procedures, click here.

In addition to the junior and senior elite levels, the U.S. Elite Challenge also includes athletes competing in Level 10 and Elite Youth and Open Junior levels. The junior and senior elite competition schedule is highlighted below, but the competition sessions for all levels runs from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 12:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-9:15 p.m. on April 24; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. on April 25; and 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on April 26. All times listed are Mountain Time. The complete competition schedule is available by clicking here.

The roster for the senior elite field is listed below, and the junior and senior elite competition schedule is as follows.

April 24
9:30-11 a.m. – Junior men’s trampoline and junior men’s and women’s double mini-trampoline preliminaries
12:30-3 p.m. – Senior men’s and women’s trampoline and double-mini, and junior and senior men’s tumbling prelims
6:30-7:15 p.m. – Senior men’s and senior and junior women’s synchronized trampoline prelims and finals

April 25
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Junior and senior women’s tumbling and junior women’s trampoline prelims
4:30-6:10 p.m. – Junior and senior men’s and women’s trampoline and tumbling; junior and senior men’s and senior women’s double-mini finals

April 26
9:30 a.m. – Junior women’s double-mini final

Available at the door, all-session passes, which allow access to every session on all three days, are $25 for adults and $10 for children.

Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Synchronized trampoline demands the same athletic skill as individual trampoline, while adding the element of precision timing. Using two trampolines, two athletes perform identical 10-skill routines at the same time. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.

2015 Elite Challenge – senior elite roster
Alphabetical by state, last name; partners for synchronized trampoline are also noted
Legend: TR=trampoline; TU=tumbling; DM=double mini-trampoline

Clare Johnson, Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix, TR

Drew Collins, Gilbert, Ariz./Eagles Wings, TU
Michael Liao, Chandler, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sport Center, DM
Bryce Wilson, Goodyear, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sport Center, TR

Nicole Ahsinger, San Diego, Calif./So Cal TTC, TR
Jeremy Cooper, Irvine, Calif./Skysurfers, TR, DM
Joshua Cooper, Irvine, Calif./Skysurfers, TR, DM
Logan Dooley, Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, TR
Charlotte Drury, Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, TR
Maggie Gallagher, Coto de Caza, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, TR
Neil Gulati, Dana Point, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, TR, SY/Hunter Brewster
Paige Howard, Mission Viejo, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, TR, DM
Trevor Jackson, Ramona, Calif./So Cal TTC, TU, DM
Tanner Robinson, Anaheim, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, TR
Austin White, Newport Coast, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, DM

Kristen Bowman, Elbert, Colo./Stars Gymnastics, DM
David Ford, Firestone, Colo./Airborne Athletics, TR
Thomas Wallace, Firestone, Colo./Airborne Athletics, TU

Ty Carlson, West Palm Beach, Fla./The Gymnastics Revolution, TU, DM
Harley Merrit, Auburndale, Fla./Elite World Gymnastics, TU

Yuliya Stankevich-Brown, Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Elite Gymnastics, TU

John Hanten, Heyworth, Ill./Gymnastics Etc., DM
Victor Householter, Morton, Ill./Central Illinois Gymnastics Academy, TU
Erin Jauch, Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling & Trampoline, DM
Alyssa Long, McHenry, Ill./5 Star Tumbling & Trampoline, DM
Kristle Lowell, Orland Park, Ill./5 Star Tumbling & Trampoline, DM
Austin Nacey, Braidwood, Ill./Twiststars, TU, DM
Garret Waterstradt, Savoy, Ill./Sun Elite Gymnastics Academy, TU, DM

Alexander Renkert, Indianapolis, Ind./Geist Sports Academy, TU, DM
Tristan Van Natta, Pendleton, Ind./Geist Sports Academy, DM

Hunter Brewster, Lafayette, La./Trampoline & Tumbling Express, TR
Aliaksei Shostak, Lafayette, La./Trampoline & Tumbling Express, TR

Ivanna Antezana, Silver Spring, Md./Fairland Trampoline & Tumbling, TR
Delilah Glidden, Laurel, Md./Fairland Trampoline & Tumbling, TR
Deana Parris, Burtonsville, Md./Fairland Trampoline & Tumbling, TR
Mitch Dewey, Walker, Mich./Great Lakes Griffins, TR

Nathan Donnelly, Kansas City, Mo./Xtreme Trampoline, TR

North Carolina
Stewart Pritchard, Greensboro, N.C./Ultimate Air TNT, TR, DM
Jackson Tyson, Greensboro, N.C./Flip Force Gymnastics, TU

New Jersey
Colin Duda, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, TR
Cody Gesuelli, Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, TR
Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, TR
Steven Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, TR

Jacob Carder, Las Vegas, Nev./Go For It USA, TU
Casey Chandler, Reno, Nev./Legacy T&T, TR, DM

Will Nunes, Tulsa, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme, TU
Spencer Reed, Tulsa, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme, TR

Paul Bretscher, Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics, TR
Kaylah Whaley, Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics, TU

Stewart Brackett, Dallas, Texas/Elite Trampoline Academy, TR
Shaylee Dunavin, Amarillo, Texas/Air Extreme, TR
Dakota Earnest, Tokio, Texas/Air Extreme, TR
Brandon Griffith, Murphy, Texas/The Palaestra, TR
Meghan O’Connell, Dallas, Texas/Elite Trampoline Academy, TR

Mikala Collier, Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude, DM
Carter Rhoades, Lindon, Utah/Amplify Trampoline & Tumbling, DM

Garrett Day, Bedford, Va./Dynamic Gymnastics, TU, DM
Brandon Krzynefski, Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics, TU
Keane Yates, Lynchburg, Va./Dynamic Gymnastics, TU

West Virginia
Wolfgang Fanestiel, Hedgesville, W.Va./Fairland Trampoline & Tumbling, TR