© John Cheng

KAZAN, Russia – Evita Griskenas of Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, is ranked seventh in the all-around after two of four events at the 2019 Kazan (Russia) World Challenge Cup at the Gymnastics Centre. Lili Mizuno of Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, is currently 36th in the preliminary rankings, and the U.S. group is in 11th place in its all-around after the first of two events. Competition continues tomorrow with the individual qualification round for clubs and ribbon at 10 a.m. local time and group’s 3 hoops/2 pairs of clubs at 4:45 p.m. local time. Kazan is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time.

Griskenas is seventh after two events at 38.300. She posted a 19.400 for hoop and an 18.900 for ball. Mizuno’s two-event total is 32.150 (14.900/hoop and 17.250/ball). Russia’s twins Dina and Arina Averina are in first and second place at the mid-point with 45.800 and 43.650, respectively. Bulgaria’s Kaleyn Boryana rounds out the top three at 42.100.

The U.S. group earned a 25.200 for its 5 balls routine, which puts them in 11th place. The members of the U.S. group, which is based at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Isabelle Connor, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Connie Du, Deerfield, Ill.; Yelyzaveta Merenzon, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Elizaveta Pletneva, Deerfield, Ill.; Nicole Sladkov, Vernon Hills, Ill.; and Kristina Sobolevskaya, Chicago. Russia and Bulgaria tied for the highest group score of the day at 29.000. Italy is not too far behind at 28.550.

The World Cup concludes with the event finals on Sunday at noon local time, which will be livestreamed in the U.S. at OlympicChannel.com at 5 a.m. ET and tape-delayed on the Olympic Channel at 8 p.m. ET, with a simulcast.

NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will have coverage of the FIG Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Kazan, Russia, on Sunday, September 1. It will also air coverage of the World Challenge Cup in and Mersin, Turkey. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBCSports.com/Live or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Additional live streaming coverage will also be available on OlympicChannel.com.