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Steven Gluckstein bounces into lead in U.S. trampoline prelims

Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., takes commanding lead in competition for the U.S. men's trampoline spot at London Olympics. Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La., leads women's competition.

June 26, 2012|By Diane Pucin

SAN JOSE — Steven Gluckstein, a 22-year-old from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., has taken a commanding lead in competition for the U.S. men's trampoline spot at the London Games after the preliminary round of the final Olympic qualification meet Tuesday night.

Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, the alternate for the U.S. team four years ago, is in fourth place with one night of competition left.

Gluckstein had a score of 104.135 after Tuesday's routine; his brother, Jeffrey Gluckstein, was second (102.470). Michael Devine (102.305) of Winnebago, Ill., was third and Dooley (102.065) stood fourth, with an Olympic berth probably out of reach.

Savannah Vinsant, 19, of Lafayette, La., has a big lead in the women's competition with a score of 100.055, almost four points better than runner-up Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas.

After Wednesday's finals, the U.S. men's and women's Olympic representatives will be chosen.

Rhythmic gymnastics

Julie Zetlin, a 21-year-old from Bethesda, Md., who will be the sole rhythmic gymnast to represent the U.S. in the London Olympics, won an event final at the U.S. national championships Tuesday night.

Zetlin won the ribbon competition, Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa., took the hoop competition and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y., won the ball-and-clubs event. Sereda also leads the all-around competition after the first of two nights of events. Zetlin is third in the all-around but has already earned an Olympic wild-card invitation. No U.S. athletes qualified directly.

"I feel, at the moment, I did what was expected," Sereda said.

Among the 12 to advance to Wednesday's all-around final is Aliya Protto of Culver City.

Zetlin, who has had multiple knee surgeries, said she plans to retire after the Games and move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

diane.pucin@latimes.com

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