Ava Gehringer
© Steve Lange

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 19, 2008 – 2007 Pan Am Games and U.S. all-around champion Lisa Wang of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and 2007 World Championships teammates Ava Gehringer of Evanston, Ill., and Rachel Marmer of Los Angeles lead the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Team for the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships presented by Gillette Venus, March 28-30, in San Jose, Calif. Three junior rhythmic gymnasts will be named to the team following a training camp held just prior to the event.

The schedule for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline is: Friday, March 28 — rhythmic gymnastics team and all-around (rope and hoop), 3 p.m.; Saturday, March 29 — rhythmic team and all-around (ball/clubs and ribbon), and trampoline prelims, 3 p.m.; and Sunday, March 30 — rhythmic and trampoline individual event finals, 3 p.m. Rhythmic gymnastics competition will be held at the McEnery Convention Center.

Gehringer was a member of the 2007 World Championships Team. In international competition in 2007, she won bronze medals in clubs at the 5th Baltic Rhythmic Gymnastic Cup and in ribbon at the Opal Cup. Gehringer placed fourth in the all-around at the 2007-08 Rhythmic Challenge, and earned fourth-place finishes in the all-around, rope, clubs and ribbon at the 2007 Visa Championships.

Marmer placed first in rope, second in the all-around and clubs, and third in hoop and ribbon at the 2007 Visa Championships. A member of the 2007 World Championships Team, she most recently placed second in the all-around at the 2008 Rhythmic Challenge and claimed a bronze medal in rope at the Madiera Tournament in Portugal. Marmer won four consecutive U.S. junior all-around titles and 11 U.S. junior individual event titles from 2003-06. At the Pacific Alliance Championships, she won the junior all-around, hoop, clubs and ribbon gold medals in 2006, and the junior all-around, rope, ball, clubs and ribbon gold medals in 2004.

Wang won the all-around at the 2007-08 Rhythmic Challenge, and finished first in the all-around, hoop and clubs, and second in rope and ribbon at the 2007 Visa Championships. At the 2007 Pan American Games, she won gold medals in the all-around and ribbon, and placed second in clubs and rope. At the Visa Championships, Wang won U.S. titles in the all-around, ball and ribbon in 2006, and in ball, clubs and ribbon in 2005. She has represented the United States at three World Championships (2003, 2005 and 2007).

Single tickets for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline begin at $15, with ticket prices beginning at $15 for afternoon sessions and $30 for the evening sessions for artistic gymnastics. Tickets may be purchased charge by phone at 408.998.TIXS; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the Event Center Arena Box Office. Visa is the preferred method of payment.


About the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships presented by Gillette Venus

NBC Sports is broadcasting action from the Pacific Rim Championships on April 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The Pacific Rim Championships, previously known as the Pacific Alliance Championships, were held in Honolulu in 2004 and 2006. World champions Nastia Liukin and Chellsie Memmel tied for the women’s all-around title in 2006. In 2004, Paul Hamm won the all-around gold medal before becoming the 2004 Olympic all-around champion. In 2007, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center hosted rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics competition during the Visa Championships. The Pacific Rim Championships is the official championships of the Pacific Alliance Gymnastics Federations.


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