Ten senior U.S. titles determined at USA Gymnastics Championships


GREENSBORO, N.C., June 27, 2015 – On the final night of the 2015 USA Gymnastics Championships elite competition at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum Complex, 10 senior U.S. titles were determined. The USA Gymnastics Championships conclude on Sunday with the final day of Junior Olympic competition.

The 2015 U.S. champions are listed below.

Acrobatic gymnastics
Mixed pair: Axel Osborne, Tiffani Williams, Moreno Valley, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy, with a score of 81.107
Women’s pair: Maren Merwarth, Jessica Renteria, San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio, with a score of 84.190
Women’s group: Lonnie Garrett, Josephina Kievsky, Mila Segel, Columbia, Md./Emilia’s Acro Gymnastics and Cheer, with a score of 78.747

Rhythmic gymnastics
All-around: Laura Zeng, Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, with a score of 136.000

Men: Steven Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, with a score of 160.785
Women: Clare Johnson, Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix Gym Inc, with a score of 146.690

Men: Alexander Renkert, Indianapolis, Ind./Geist Sports Academy and Garrett Wheeler, Ellenwood, Ga./FlipCity South, tied with a score of 137.200
Women: Yuliya Brown, Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Elite Gymnastics with a score of 126.600

Double mini-trampoline
Men: Alexander Renkert, Indianapolis, Ind./Geist Sports Academy with a score of 146.900
Women: Erin Jauch, Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling and Trampoline, with a score of 139.400

For complete results, go to usagymchamps.com/results.

The local hosts for the event are the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Tournament Hosts of Greensboro, Greensboro Sports Commission, and Sports & Properties, Inc. Greensboro played host to the AT&T American Cup, the premier international invitational held in the United States, and the Nastia Liukin Cup in 2014.

Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds characterize the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise. An acrobatic gymnastics pair consists of a base and a top. A women’s group is comprised of three athletes – a base, middle and top partner – while a men’s group has four athletes, a base, two middle partners and one top partner.

Rhythmic gymnastics is characterized by grace, beauty and elegance combined with dance and acrobatic elements, while working with ribbons, balls, hoops, ropes and clubs in a choreographed routine to music. The choreography must cover the entire floor and contain a balance of jumps, leaps, pivots, balances and flexibility movements. Only four of the apparatus are competed each quad, and the four for 2016 are hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon for seniors and hoop, ball, clubs and rope for juniors. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill. Physical abilities needed by a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity, endurance and hand-eye coordination.

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. 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.

In 2014, the USA Gymnastics Championships was held at the KFC Yum! Center and Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.

Background information

  • Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an independent, non-profit governmental authority whose mission is to aggressively market Greensboro’s assets, maximizing economic impact while providing excellent visitor service. Guilford County ranks third in the state in travel and tourism expenditures, with over $1 billion generated in 2011 and more than 11,700 people employed in travel-related jobs. For more information: www.visitgreensboronc.com.

  • Greensboro Sports Commission. The mission of the Greensboro Sports Commission is to foster economic development through coordinating and developing Greensboro’s role as a leading site for sports events involving youth, collegiate, amateur and professional organizations. The Greensboro Sports Commission acts as a clearing house for sporting activities in the Greensboro area and assists organizations and promoters in making Greensboro the host city for sports events. For more information: www.greensborosports.org.

  • Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is a multi-building facility designed to serve the citizens of Greensboro and the surrounding area through a broad range of activities, including athletic events, cultural arts, concerts, theater, educational activities, fairs, exhibits, and public and private events of all kinds including conventions, convocations and trade and consumer shows. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is one of the most actively booked facilities in the country hosting more than 1,100 events on an annual basis. With its incredible versatility, the Complex has gained worldwide acclaim from promoters, producers, event planners and patrons. For more information; www.greensborocoliseum.com.

  • Sports & Properties, Inc. SPI is a sports marketing and sports development firm concentrating in three primary areas of business: major sponsorships, including naming rights; sports tourism; and major events. SPI’s recent projects include the Africa Youth Games, new sports complexes for Seminole County, Florida; the USA Gymnastics AT&T American Cup and Nastia Liukin Cup; and the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. SPI clients include Capitol Broadcasting Company, PIER 39, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Seminole County, Fla., and the United States Olympic Committee, among others. For more information on SPI, visit sportsproperties.com.