Four U.S. gymnasts advance to at 2018 World T&T Championships
posted on 11/07/2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov. 7, 2018 – Four members of the U.S. Team advanced at the 2018 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at the Sports and Concert Coliseum (SKK) in St. Petersburg, Russia. 2016 Olympian Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, qualified to the women’s trampoline semifinals. 2018 U.S. champion Matthew Hawkins of Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics, and Ruben Padilla, Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, advanced to the men’s double mini-trampoline final, and Hope Bravo of Dallas, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, will compete in the women’s tumbling final. Competition continues tomorrow with qualifications for men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline, women’s double-mini and men’s tumbling, as well as the all-around team final. The USA Gymnastics twitter feed, @usagym, will have live coverage from the championships, and original stories and photos on usagym.org. U.S.-based fans can watch same-day coverage of the finals on the Olympic Channel and OlympicChannel.com.

2018 champions Brandon Krzynefski of Centerville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, and Paige Howard of San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, are among the U.S. gymnasts expected to compete in the men’s tumbling and women’s double-mini qualifications tomorrow.

Ahsinger earned a 99.165 total (47.080/52.085) for 24th, qualifying for the semifinals in women’s trampoline. Olivia Simpson of Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme, finished in 36th place, followed by Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, in 43rd and Jessica Stevens of Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, 61st. Russia’s Yana Pavolova was first in the qualification round, with China’s Zhu Xueying and Liu Lingling in second and third.

In men’s double-mini, Padilla and Hawkins finished in seventh (73.100) and eighth (72.800), respectively, to advance to the finals. Alex Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, was 16th and CJ Rhoades of Joplin, Mo./Amplify Gymnastics, 18th. Russia’s Mikhail Zalomin topped the qualification ranking, followed by teammate Vasilii Makarskii and Spain’s Alejandro Bernardez.

Bravo secured the last qualification spot with her 65.400 (33.000/32.400) to make the final. Eliza Floisand of Salt Lake City, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, was 20th, just ahead of Caitlyn Crawford of Reston, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, and Gretchen Schultz of Destrehan, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy, in 22nd and 23rd. China’s Jia Fangfang posted the highest qualification mark, with Belgium’s Tachina Peeters and Russia’s Viktoriia Danilenko in second and third.

None of the U.S. men qualified for the trampoline semifinals. Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, finished in 35th place, with Aliaksei Shostak of Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, in 41st; Isaac Rowley of Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, 52nd; and Joseph Isenberg of Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy, 59th. China’s Gao Lei, Russia’s Dmitrii Ushakov and Belarus’ Uladzislau Hancharou had the top three qualification scores.

The U.S. athletes competing in tomorrow’s qualifications are listed below.

    Men’s tumbling
    Kaden Brown, Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
    Brandon Krzynefski, Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
    Emilio Lehmer, Tempe, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics
    Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics

    Women’s double-mini trampoline
    Paige Howard, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
    Kiley Lockett, Oceanside, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
    Kristle Lowell, Orland Park, Ill./Morgan Park Sports Center
    Tristan Van Natta, Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics


    Synchronized trampoline
    Cody Gesuelli, Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy/Joseph Isenberg, Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy
    Aliaksei Shostak, Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express/Issac Rowley, Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy
    Nicole Ahsinger/Sarah Webster, both of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
    Alyssa Oh, Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics/ Jessica Stevens, Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics

Competition format
The competition format for each event is outlined below, and medals will be awarded for each.

 

  • All-around team competition. At the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, the eight best scores (one per event) for each country will be added together for the all-around team qualifying score. The five countries with the highest score will advance to the all-around final, and each team includes one athlete for each event, along with one men’s and one women’s synchro pair. In the final, the eight gymnasts whose scores counted for each of the events for the qualifying total will compete on their country’s team.
  • Individual trampoline. Each athlete performs two routines (compulsory and voluntary) in the qualification round but performs only one routine in the semifinals and finals. The top 24 men and 24 women advance to the semifinals, with the top eight advancing to the finals.
  • Synchronized trampoline. Each duo performs two routines (compulsory and voluntary) in the qualification round, and the top eight advance to the finals.
  • Tumbling. Each gymnast performs two passes and the eight highest combined scores advance to the individual tumbling finals, where they perform another two passes. Highest combined score for the two final passes wins.
  • Double mini-trampoline. Gymnasts perform two passes in the qualification round, and the top eight two-pass scores advance to the finals. Gymnasts again perform two passes in the finals to determine the champion.
  • Tie-breaking. Ties will be broken, and information on the tie-breaking process may be accessed here.

Schedule
The World Championships competition schedule, which is subject to change, is as follows. All times are local to St. Petersburg, Russia, which is eight hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

    Nov. 8
      10 a.m. - Qualifications: women’s synchronized trampoline, double mini-trampoline
      1:15 p.m. - Qualifications: men’s synchronized trampoline, tumbling
      6:30 p.m. - Final: all-around team
        Round 1: women’s trampoline; men’s tumbling and double-mini
        Round 2: men’s trampoline; women’s tumbling and double-mini
        Round 3: women’s and men’s synchronized trampoline
    Nov. 9
      4 p.m. - Finals: men’s double mini-trampoline; women’s tumbling; men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline
    Nov. 10
      1:30 p.m. - Semifinals: men’s and women’s trampoline
      4 p.m. - Finals: women’s double-mini; men’s tumbling; and men’s and women’s trampoline

Ways to follow the action
Fans can follow the competition action several different ways.

  • USA Gymnastics website and social media. usagym.org will have event coverage, original stories, photos and more. USA Gymnastics twitter feed will have live coverage from St. Petersburg.
  • U.S. TV and online coverage. Tape-delayed coverage of the finals will air on the Olympic Channel on Nov. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. ET and Nov. 9-10 from 6-8 p.m. ET, with a simulcast on OlympicChannel.com each day.
  • Live scoring: The International Gymnastics Federation is offering live scoring for the qualifications and finals, which is also available on the FIGymnastics mobile application.
  • FIG and LOC websites: The FIG and LOC event pages will also have news, live scoring, official results, medal standings and a complete competition program.
  • FIG daily highlight clips. A highlight package will be uploaded to the FIG YouTube channel each day, while qualification routines from each athlete will be made available after the championships.

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