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Continued Success for Team Canada at the Pan American Trampoline Championships

Canada’s Mark Armstrong (Red Deer, AB) led the men’s team in the double mini-trampoline scoring 71.200 points and finishing fourth overall in his first senior international competition to advance to the final on Sunday. Jon Schwaiger (Ancaster, ON) had to substitute a skill in his first pass and adjust the second pass to ensure qualification for the final, which he did by finishing fifth overall with a score of 70.300.

“DMT prelims today didn’t go exactly as planned,” said Schwaiger following competition. “Strategy wise, I chose to downgrade my second pass a little bit to ensure a finals’ spot. Tomorrow is jam-packed finals day with plans to up the difficulty in both tumbling and DMT and to debut a new DMT mount for that I have been working on for quite some time now.” Schwaiger will compete on Sunday in the team final for double mini-trampoline as well as tumbling and double mini-trampoline individual finals.

Jean-Christophe Martel (Terrebonne, QC) finished sixth overall and did not advance to the double mini-trampoline individual final due to the two athletes per country rule. Martel will join Armstrong and Schwaiger in the double mini-trampoline team final. Team coach Curt De Wolff selected the athletes participating in the team final based of National Team rankings. Elias Clarke (Calgary, AB) finished in 12th place overall.

The Canadian women dominated competition today and all ranked in the top four. Tamara O’Brien (Coquitlam, BC) had two great routines and led the pack with a score of 69.200 and advanced to Sunday’s individual final. Arden Oh (Calgary, AB) struggled on her first pass but had a solid second pass and finished second overall with a score of 67.300 and will also advance to the final. Sarah Wheatley (Toronto, ON) finished just .100 points behind Oh to finish in third place overall in her first senior international competition but will miss the final due to the two athlete per country rule. Jordyn Miller-Burko rounded out the Canadian women and finished in fourth place overall with a score of 66.200.

The women qualified for the team final and will be represented by O’Brien, Oh and Miller-Burko based off National Team rankings. Coach De Wolff was pleased with the team’s performance; “I was very impressed with the training leading up to the competition,” he said. “Everyone came well prepared and ready to compete. Today they impressed me with their composure and determination. Looking forward to more of the same in tomorrow’s individual and team finals.”

Sunday will mark the last day of the competition and will host the individual and team finals for all events including trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline.

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