Four U.S. gymnasts, three teams advance to finals at 2019 World T&T Championships
posted on 11/28/2019

© Ricardo Bufolin

TOKYO, Nov. 28, 2019 – Four U.S. gymnasts and three teams advanced to their event finals at the 2019 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at the Ariake Gymnastics Center, the 2020 Olympic Games venue, in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Aliaksei Shostak of Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, advanced to trampoline’s semifinals. Competition continues Nov. 29 with qualifications for men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline and men’s tumbling at 11 a.m. Tokyo time, with the finals for the team competition for men’s and women’s double mini-trampoline, tumbling and trampoline at 5 p.m. local time. U.S. fans can watch the finals live on olympicchannel.com or the Olympic Channel app at 3 a.m. ET and delayed at 4 p.m. ET on the Olympic Channel, the simulcast or the NBC Sports app.

  • Ruben Padilla of Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, and Alex Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, both advanced to the men’s double mini-trampoline final in second (76.000) and sixth (73.800) place, respectively. All four U.S. men finished in the top 20. Russia’s Mikhail Zalomin qualified first at 76.000.
  • Eve Doudican of Bixby, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling, will compete in the women’s tumbling final. She was fourth at 66.200, with Great Britain’s Shanice Davidson posting the top mark of 68.300. All four Americans finished in the top 20. The men’s tumbling qualifications are set for Nov. 29.
  • Tristan Van Natta of Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, posted a 69.400 to clinch a berth to the women’s double-mini final. Three of the four U.S. women finished in the top 12. Sweden’s Lina Sjoeberg nabbed the best mark at 70.000.
  • Ahsinger and Shostak qualified for trampoline’s semifinals. After adjusting for the three maxium per country, Ahsinger was the 19th qualifier at 101.070 in the women’s competition, and Shostak was the 20th with his 110.015. The top qualifying scores were China’s Liu Lingling for the women (106.460) and Belarus Uladzislau Hancharou for the men (115.440). The top 24 advance to the men’s and women’s semifinals on Nov. 30, and the top eight men and top eight women will qualify for the finals.

In the team finals, the top five countries advance to the team finals, scheduled for Nov. 29.

  • Double mini-trampoline. The U.S. men’s 222.800 put them in second, between Russia’s 225.400 and Spain’s 220.300. The U.S. women are third in the prelims at 206.300. Russia’s 207.300 just edged out Great Britain’s 207.200.
  • Tumbling. The U.S. women were third in the preliminary round with a 192.000 total. Great Britain was first at 199.600, with Russia second at 197.600. Men’s tumbling prelims are on Nov. 29.
  • Trampoline. U.S. men were seventh in trampoline qualification at 324.020, and the U.S. women were 10th with 295.300. China sat atop the men’s (342.535) and women’s (317.135) ranking.

The U.S. Team’s scores and rankings in the qualification round (without adjustments for maximum athlete requirement) are listed below.
Trampoline

  • Men: 21. Aliaksei Shostak, Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, 110.015 (51.070; 58.945); 42. Cody Gesuelli, Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, 106.040 (49.320; 56.720); 47. Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, 104.890 (50.905; 53.985); 51. Ruben Padilla, Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, 104.455 (47.395; 57.060).
  • Women: 20. Nicole Ahsinger, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, 101.070 (48.170; 52.900); 36. Alyssa Oh, Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, 98.560 (46.835; 51.725); 50. Ellen Heinen, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, 95.670 (44.995; 50.675); 78. Jessica Stevens, Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, 49.800 (0.000; 49.800).

Tumbling

  • Women: 4. Eve Doudican, Bixby, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling, 66.200 (33.100; 33.100); 12. Hope Bravo, Waco, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, 63.600 (31.300; 32.300); 17. Isabel Steinmetz, Batavia, Ohio/Gymnastics Central, 62.200 (30.800; 31.400); 20. Ashley McDonald, Lindon, Utah/High Altitude, 60.700 (30.300; 30.400).

Double mini-trampoline

  • Men: 2. Ruben Padilla, Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, 76.000 (37.600; 38.400); 6. Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, 73.800 (37.700; 36.100); 12. Simon Smith, Springville, Utah/High Altitude 73.000 (36.500; 36.500); 20. Noah Orr, Phoenix, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited, 71.300 (36.200; 35.100).
  • Women: 6. Tristan Van Natta, Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, 69.400 (34.200; 35.200); 11. Kayttie Nakamura, Honolulu, Hawaii/Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, 68.600 (34.000; 34.600); 12. Kiley Lockett, Oceanside, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, 68.300 (33.500; 34.800); 32. Sydney Senter, Aiea, Hawaii/Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, 55.600 (22.500; 33.100).

Team

  • Trampoline: 7. men, 324.020; 10. women, 295.300
  • Tumbling: 3. women, 192.000
  • Double-mini: 2. men, 222.800; 3. women, 206.300

The top eight male and female gymnasts in the qualification rankings for double-mini, tumbling and synchronized trampoline advance to the finals. For trampoline, the top 24 men and women qualify to the semifinals, with the top eight men and women in the semis advancing to the finals. Five countries advance to the team final, based on performances in the qualification round. Three athletes compete for each country. Based on performances in the qualification rounds, five countries compete in the team all-around final. The competition features one man and one woman in trampoline, double-mini and tumbling, along with one men’s and one women’s synchro pair, for each country.

The Nov. 29 qualification sessions that include U.S. gymnasts are: tumbling – men, group 2; and synchronized trampoline – men, groups 1 and 5, and women, group 2.

This year’s World Championships is part of the qualification process for the 2020 Games. Each country that has at least one athlete in the trampoline final will earn a berth to Tokyo. This means that up to eight spots for both the men and women are available, with a maximum of one gymnast per country. Additionally, World champions will be determined in trampoline, synchronized trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline.

The competition schedule, which is subject to change, is below. Times listed are local to Tokyo, which is 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time. The finals will be livestreamed by NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel.

November 29, qualifications and team finals

  • 11 a.m. - Qualifications: synchronized trampoline – men and women; tumbling – men’s groups 1-4 (USA group 2)
  • 5 p.m. - Finals, team: men’s and women’s double-mini, tumbling and trampoline

November 30, semifinals and finals

  • 3 p.m. - Semifinals: men’s and women’s trampoline
  • 5 p.m. - Finals: women’s tumbling, men’s double-mini and men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline

December 1, finals

  • 2 p.m. - Women’s double-mini, men’s tumbling and men’s and women’s trampoline
  • 5 p.m. - All-around team

U.S. fans can follow the action several ways – live scoring, websites, social platforms, and live and tape-delayed webcasts and cablecasts of the finals.

  • Live scoring: Follow the scores in real time during qualifications and finals here.
  • Websites: usagym.org will have coverage of Team USA. The FIG’s event page is the go-to web portal for the latest news, live scoring, official results, medal standings and a complete competition program. More information is available on the official championships site.
  • Social media: Using the hashtag #GTR2019Tokyo, the FIG’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will have livestream alerts, stories, clips and photos and extras from on and off the competition floor.
  • Web and cable coverage: NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will have coverage of the World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships. Fans can catch all the action via NBCSports.com/Live or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
    • Friday, Nov. 29 - 3:00 a.m. ET - LIVE - Finals Day 1 – OlympicChannel.com
    • Friday, Nov. 29 - 4:00 p.m. ET - tape-delayed – Finals Day 1 - Olympic Channel and NBCSports.com
    • Saturday, Nov. 30 - 3:00 a.m. ET - LIVE - Finals Day 2 – OlympicChannel.com
    • Saturday, Nov. 30 - 8:00 p.m. ET - tape-delayed – Finals Day 2 - Olympic Channel and NBCSports.com
    • Saturday, Nov. 30 - 11:30 p.m. ET - LIVE - Finals Day 3 – OlympicChannel.com
    • Sunday, Dec. 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET - tape-delayed – Finals Day 3 - Olympic Channel and NBCSports.com
  • The FIG will upload highlight clips to its YouTube channel each day, while qualification routines from each athlete will be made available after the competition.

The World Age Group Competitions will be held following the World Championships, Dec. 5-8. The competition will determine champions in trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling for boys and girls in four age-groups. The USA is competing in three of the four age-group categories: 13-14,15-16 and 17-21.