Powder Contends For Olympic Berth On The Trampoline

May 29, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calidf. - Alicia Powder, a diver on the San Diego State swimming and diving squad, is competing to earn a spot on the USA Gymnastics trampoline team that will compete in the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London. Only one athlete will be selected to represent USA Gymnastics at the games and Powder currently ranks fourth among those vying for a spot.

Selection for the Olympics is determined by points earned at various national competitions held over the past few months. The final Olympic trial for the trampoline will come at the USA Gymnastics Open Championships to be held June 28-July 1 in San Jose. Although only one athlete will proceed to London, the top six point finishers will earn spots on the National Team.

Powder, who redshirted for the Aztec diving squad as a true freshman this past year while working toward a possible Olympic and National Team berth on the trampoline, is from Ladera Ranch, Calif., where she attended Tesoro High School.

A gymnast the past 11 years, she is a member of the 2011-12 Senior National Team. Among her accomplishments, Powder won the title at the 2010 Junior Elite Visa Nationals and was the 2010 Junior Elite Synchronized National champion. She also place fifth at the 2010 World Age Group competition.

Most recently she finished six individually on the trampoline at the 2012 Stars and Stripes Cup in Cleveland and was first in the synchronized trampoline at that meet.

Powder will compete as a member of the Aztec diving team when she returns to SDSU in the fall.