SOFIA, Bulgaria (November 24, 2022) – American gymnasts reached three finals on Thursday as the T&T World Age Group 2022 competition continued at Arena Sofia in Bulgaria. Jill Papenhaus and Lizzy Roiger took first place in the women’s 17-21 acrobatics, while couples Nate Erkert and Alex Rosenstein, Tessa Christopher and Grace Danley took places in the women’s 13-14 women’s synchronized trampoline final. .
Erkert (Wildwood, MO/Elite Trampoline Academy) and Rosenstein (Cranford, NJ/Elite Trampoline Academy) had the second-best score of 45.930 in the qualifying session, but due to a glitch in their final routine, they finished in seventh place (21.750). Joseph Borders (Austin, TX/Champions Westlake) and Mick Sailer (Flower Mound, TX/Southlake Gymnastics Academy) placed 14th (4,690). Japanese duo Kuga Kamiyama and Jumpei Takagi won the men’s 13–14 title with a score of 45,900.
Among women, Christopher (Middletown, NJ/Elite Trampoline Academy) and Danley (Millstone, NJ/Garden State Trampoline Academy) finished in the top five. The pair qualified fourth with a score of 42.490. 42.230 of them finished fifth in the final. Alexandra Mytnik (Manalapan, NJ/Elite Trampoline Academy) and Bella Ursu (Holmdel, NJ/Elite Trampoline Academy) placed 19th (22,630). German teammates Aleksandra Melnichuk and Nikola Volska led the podium with a score of 44.830.
In the women’s 17-21 acrobatic acrobatics, Papenhaus (Tremont, IL/Central Illinois Gymnastics Academy) and Roiger (East Peoria, IL/Central Illinois Gymnastics Academy) advanced to the finals, placing fifth (46,700) and eighth (44,400) respectively. . Papenhaus finished sixth with a score of 22.400. Roiger finished eighth with a score of 22,000. Kira Schwartz (Glendale, CA/So Cal TTC) and Naciarra Riley (Locust Grove, GA/FlipCity South) placed 17th and 18th with a combined score of 41,500. Frenchwoman Janna Chaumillier won gold with a score of 24.700.
Taiji Kazim-Riley (Locust Grove, GA/Flipcity, South) led the U.S. men in the 17-21 acrobatic category. His 48,200 points earned him his first reserve spot in the final, although he was ultimately not called up to fight. Raf Bryant (Worthington, OH/Integrity Athletics) was 17th (44,800). Alec Pelezo (Magnolia, TX/World Champions Center) finished 18th (44,400) and Dylan McGuire (Glenn Heights, TX/Trevino Gymnastics) finished 36th (37,500). Magnus Lindholmer of Denmark took top honors with 28,100 points in the final.
On Thursday, there were also individual trampoline competitions among men and women aged 15-16. Leah Edelman (Holmdel, NJ/Elite Trampoline Academy) placed 11th in the women’s division with a score of 93,890. Ava DeHanes (Holmdel, NJ/Elite Trampoline Academy) placed 16th (92,260). Leah Garafalo (Cream Ridge, NJ/Elite Trampoline Academy) was 37th (86.860) and Reilly Hewett (Weimar, TX/K&L Tumbletown) was 59th (56.630). Italy’s Silvia Coluzzi scored 53.820 in the final to win the gold medal.
In the men’s category, William Cockrill (Plano, TX/Flip Factory) finished 24th with a score of 93,460. Van Larson (Phoenix, AZ/Aspire Children’s Sports Center) scored 92,850 for 26th place. Xavier Harper (Oak Ridge, TN/Premier Athletics Knoxville) finished 30th (91,780) and Mika Miner (Glen Carbon, IL/Chris Power Tumbling) finished 32nd (90,410). Gabriel Albuquerque of Portugal topped the final table with a score of 58.930.
On Friday, champions will be crowned in the 13-14 double mini, 15-16 acrobatic, 15-16 synchronized and 17-21 individual trampoline categories. The qualifiers start at 3:00 AM ET and the finals start at 12:30 PM ET.