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Four athletes compete for USTA Elite National Team spots

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:26 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:48 a.m. CDT
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These four athletes of the Mat Tumbling/Trampoline team are competing in team trails for spots on the USTA Elite National Team. They are (from left) McKenna Winther, Mackensie Schuster, Chelsea Trotter and Stephanie Slaven.
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Giavonna Gast took first in all three events — tumbling, double mini and trampline — at the Maquoketa competition Jan. 26. Gast is a member of the MAT Tumbling/Trampline team.

NEWTON — MAT Tumbling/Trampoline team members competed at meets in Rockford, Ill., and Maquoketa during January. Four team members are competing in qualifying trials for the USTA Elite National Team.

McKenna Winther, Mackensie Schuster, Chelsea Trotter and Stephanie Slaven competed in Decatur, Ill., Feb. 15-16, in team trials for the USTA Elite National Team. The four competed in power tumbling, Olympic trampoline and/or double-mini  trampoline.

At the team trails, athletes are awarded points based on how they placed in each event. They must compete in at least two of the three team trails. Athletes must place in the top seven or better to make it on the USTA Elite National Team. 

The MAT Tumbling quartet will compete March 15-16 in Hammond, Ind.

The MAT team faced tough competition in Rockford, Ill. The team held its own and then some while members competed at ages 5 through 16 in power tumbling, Olympic trampoline and double-mini trampoline which were all held on the same day,

“This was a good test for our team as we continue to improve and to see where we are at as a team and program,” MAT Trampoline coach Ron Brooks said.

MAT also had its advanced/elite level athletes perform very well putting them in position to increase difficulty in their routines. Elite status is the entry level to begin working towards world championships.

On Jan. 26, the MAT team competed at an AAU/USTA meet in in Maquoketa. Winter weather conditions prevented several team members from competing a the smaller meet. Brooks said those that did compete had fun trying some new skills.

Maquoketa Meet

Tumbling results: Sub Novice Girls: age 9- Avery Mull, first place: age 10 - Lyris Kapayou, first place; age 11 - Gia Gast, first place.Double mini trampoline results: Beginner Girls: age 11 - Gia Gast, first placeNovice Girls: age 11 - Ashley VanSickle, second place. Trampoline Results: Beginner Girls: age 11 - Gia Gast, first placeNovice Girls: age 11 - Ashley VanSickle, second place.

Rockford, Ill. Meet

Tumbling Results: Beginner Girls: age 6 - Lola Rivera, second placeAdvanced Beginner Girls: age 9 - Taylor Morley, first place. Sub Novice Girls: age 6 & Under: Macy Lampe, first place: age 8- Sara Huffman, first place: age 9- Avery Mull, fifth place: age 10- Hannah Taylor, first place: age 13-14- Hope Swisher, fourth place: age 15 & Over-Novice Girls: age 9- Mia Rasmusson, fourth place: age 10- Kyah Siegert, second place: age 12- Grace Fisher, first place age 13-14- McKenna Winther,Intermediate Girls: age 11-12- Shelby Slaven, fifth place: age 13-14- Shae Slaven, sixth place: age 15 & over- Savannah Olson, fifth placeSub Advanced Girls: age 11-12- Alyvia Chadderdon, seventh place age 13-14- Maddi Kruse, seventh placeAdvanced Girls: age 11-12- Stacey Slaven, fifth place: age 13-14- Stephanie Slaven, fifth place: age 15-16- Mackensie Schuster, fourth place; Chelsie Trotter, seventh place. Double Mini Trampoline Results: Beginner Girls: age 10- Hannah Taylor,Novice Girls: age 6- Macy Lampe, first place: age 8- Sara Huffman, first place: age 9- Taylor Morley, age 10- first place; Kyah Siegert, first placeIntermediate Girls: age 9-10- Mia Rasmusson, eighth place: age11-12- Grace Fisher, first place: age 13-14- Hope Swisher, third place: age 15 & over- Savannah Olson, first placeSub Advanced Girls: age 13-14- Maddi Kruse, first place: age 15-16- Kaydee Silva, fist placeAdvanced Girls: age 13-14- McKenna Winther, sixth place: age 15-16- Mackensie Schuster, fifth place; Chelsea Trotter, second place. Trampoline Results: Beginner Girls: age 6- Ally Fisher, third place; Macy Lampe, second place: age 10, Hannah Taylor, third placeNovice Girls: age 8- Sara Huffman, fourth place: age 9- Taylor Morley, fifth place: age 10- Kyah Siegert, first placeIntermediate Girls: age 9-10- Mia Rasmusson, third place: age 11-12- Grace Fisher, first place: age 13-14- Hope Swisher, fourth place: age 15 & over- Savannah Olson, first placeSub Advanced Girls: age 13-14- Maddi Kruse, fourth place: age 15-16- Kaydee Silva, Advanced Girls: age 13-14- McKenna Winther, fifth place: age 15-16- Chelsea Trotter, fifth place: MacKensie Schuster, first place

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