INDIANAPOLIS, March 7, 2012 – From World champions and multiple medal winners to the new up-and-comers, U.S. athletes will be alongside talent from 16 other countries next week in Everett, Wash. The 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships will feature more than 200 athletes in artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline, March 16-18, at the Comcast Arena and Comcast Community Ice Rink in Everett, Wash.

Headlining the international field for the women is 2008 Olympian Lauren Mitchell of Australia, who won the 2010 World title on floor, along with 2010 World teammate Emily Little, and alternate Georgia Simpson. Mitchell, the first Australian woman gymnast to win gold at Worlds, also claimed the World silver medal on balance beam in 2009.

Canadians Christine Lee and Kristina Vaculik, both competed at 2008 Pacific Rim Championships and the 2011 World Championships, while teammate Victoria Moors recently finished fourth at the AT&T American Cup. From China, 2011 World bronze-medal team member Tan Sixin is also set to contend for a medal.

For the men, Takuya Nakase of Japan, who finished fifth on the horizontal bar at the 2008 Olympic Games, will be a star feature beside his teammates Koji Uematsu and Tatsuki Nakashima, who both competed at the 2010 World Championships. Nakase also competed at the 2006, 2007, and 2009 World Championships.

The international field for the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships is as follows.

Senior women
Australia: Lauren Mitchell, Emily Little, Georgia Simpson
Canada: Christine Lee, Victoria Moors, Kristina Vaculik
China: Tan Sixin, Luo Peiru, Shang Chunsong
Chinese Taipei: Yu-Chun Chen, Chia-Jung Tsai
Colombia: Bibiana Maria Velez Alzate, Yurany Avendano
Costa Rica: Karina Regidor
Hong Kong: Hiu Ying Angel Wong, Nim Yan Choi, Ka Man Leung
Japan: Risa Konishi, Wakiko Ryu, Yuri Ishii
Mexico: Sandra Paola Garcia Victoriano, Karla Adriana Martinez Lozano
Russia: Maria Stepanova, Anastasiya Marchuk, Diana Elkina
United States: To be determined.

Junior women
Australia: Alexandra Eade, Madelaine Leydin, Jazminne Casis
Canada: Maegan Chant, Jordyn Pedersen, Victoria Kayen Woo
China: Mei Jie, Wang Wei, Lou Nina
Chinese Taipei: Wan-Yin Chen, Yu-Chun Lai
Costa Rica: Angela Arce
Japan: Yuki Uchiyama, Sakura Yumoto
Mexico: Federica Scheiman Hernandez, Andrea Fernanda Mora Ramirez, Shaden Michelle Cortes Herrera
New Zealand: Hanna Malloch, Courtney Mcgregor, Rebecca Morrison, Brittany Robertson, Charlotte Sullivan, Millie Williamson
Panama: Ana Victoria De Leon, Valentina Brostella
Russia: Ekaterina Baturina, Maria Kharenkova, Anastasia Belova
United States: To be determined.

Senior men
Australia: Joshua Jefferis, Thomas Pichler, Samuel Offord
Canada: Anderson Loran, Scott Morgan, Robert Watson
China: Liu Rongbing, Cheng Ran, Wang Peng
Chinese Taipei: Szu-Chieh Chen, Sheng-Meng Huang, I-Hsiang Chen
Colombia: Jorge Giraldo
Hong Kong: Kam Wah Liu, Kiu Chung Ng, Wai Hung Shek
Japan: Takuya Nakase, Koji Uematsu, Tatsuki Nakashima
Mexico: Santos Martinez Reyes, Rodolfo Heron Bonilla Ruiz, Axel German Elias Jimenez
New Zealand: Mikhail Koudinov
Philippines: Jean Nathan Monteclaro
Russia: Mikhail Bodnar, Daniil Kazachkov, Pavel Pavlov
Thailand: Bobby Kriangkum
United States: Chris Brooks, Jake Dalton, Sam Mikulak

Junior men
Australia: Brody-Jai Hennessy, Lachlan Savill, Kent Pieterse
Canada: Cory Paterson, Zachary Clay, Joshua Stuart
China: Wu Guanhua, Xu Kangye, Xiao Ruoteng
Chinese Taipei: Fu-Li Liu, Yu-Chin Chao, Jia-En Lin
Costa Rica: Tarik Soto
Hong Kong: Chun Kit Poon, Tzn Tak Seto
Japan: Kaito Imabayashi, Koji Nonomura, Kenzo Seryu
Mexico: Rodolfo Gomez Grosso, Andres Esteban Resendiz Sanchez, Sergio Elias Borquez
New Zealand: Reegan Edwards, Leo Golder
Russia: Grigorii Zyrianov, Nikolay Kovinov, Sergey Stepanov
United States: Marvin Kimble, Sean Melton, Akash Modi

Senior rhythmic
Australia: Janine Murray, Danielle Prince, Jaelle Cohen
Canada: Jessica Ho, Maria Kitkarska, Nerissa Mo
China: Yang Yuqing, Peng Linyi, Liu Jiahui
Chinese Taipei: Yuan-Yuan Wang, Yun Kung
Hong Kong: Hung Yan Wong
Korea: SuLin Lee
Mexico: Veronica Alejandra Navarro Blizzard, Alejandra Vazquez Lopez, Karla Diaz Arnal
New Zealand: Amelia Coleman
United States: Julie Zetlin, Polina Kozitskiy, Alexis Page

Junior rhythmic
Australia: Michaela Joannides, Amy Quinn, Michaela Whitehouse
Canada: Patricia Bezzoubenko, Kiah Dick, Alexandra Fomina
China: Xu Xiaolan, Xu Kemeng, Ding Ziyi
Chinese Taipei: Chia-Hui Sung, Chia-Yi Lu
Hong Kong: Hiu Wing Heung, Stacey Devina Chan, Lai Chun Cheng
Korea: Song E Chun, NaKyung Lee
Malaysia: Fatin Zakirah Jalany Zain Jalany, Emma Ooi, Qing Tong Tai
Mexico: Marialicia Ortega Elizondo, Cindy Hassel Gallegos Barrera, Edna Maryel Garcia Amor
New Zealand: Mackenzie Figgitt, Annaleise Graham
United States: Laura Zeng, Julia Garbuz, Jennifer Rokhman

Senior men trampoline
Australia: Blake Gaudry, Shaun Swadling
Canada: Jason Burnett, Keegan Soehn
Mexico: Jose Alberto Vargas Garcia, Yael Tellez
Russia: Mikhail Melnik, Aleksey Ilichev
United States: Steven Gluckstein, Neil Gulati

Junior men trampoline
Australia: Luke Seal, Blake Rutherford
Canada: Trevor Stirling
Mexico: Esaul Ceballos Cervera, Cesar Prieto Angel
New Zealand: Dylan Schmidt
Russia: Andrey Yudin, Oleg Selyutin
United States: Cody Gesuelli, Colin Duda

Senior women trampoline
Australia: Alexandra Freeman, Eva Kierath
Canada: Karen Cockburn, Rosannagh Maclennan
Mexico: Alejandra Fernandez Lomeli
New Zealand: Penny Bennett
Russia: Galina Goncharenro, Victoria Voronina
United States: Savannah Vinsant, Alaina Williams

Junior women trampoline
Australia: Nikita Wilson-Beddoe, Leanne Janse Van Rensburg
Canada: Alexandria Giesbrecht, Karine Dufour
Mexico: Dafne Carolina Navarro, Karina Cantu Martinez
Russia: Yana Pavlova, Susana Kochesor
United States: Shaylee Dunavin, Maggie Gallagher

Single-session tickets range from $15 to $65, and all-session tickets range from $110 to $250 (including facility fees). Tickets may be purchased at the Comcast Arena at Everett Box Office; by phone at 866-332-8499; or online through In recognition of Visa’s long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment.

Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships were held in Honolulu in 2004 and 2006; San Jose in 2008; and Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. In 2010, the USA won both the men’s and women’s team titles and three of the all-around titles – John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, junior men; Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA, women’s junior title; and Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas/WOGA, senior women. Past all-around champions include the USA’s Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson, and Nastia Liukin.

Background information

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  • Everett Community College. Everett Community College educates more than 20,000 students every year at seven learning centers throughout Snohomish County, with most students and faculty at the main campus in north Everett. Students come to EvCC to affordably start their four-year degrees, earn certificates, train for a new job, experience hands-on training in professional and technical programs, learn English, develop basic skills, finish high school, train for a promotion, or to learn just for fun. EvCC is also the home of the University Center of North Puget Sound, which offers more than 25 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. For more information, visit

  • Production Sports Management. Based in Snohomish County, Production Sports Management is an LLC offering sport national governing bodies, sports clubs and other community groups the support needed to take an event to the next level. Acting as the liaison between the local community and USA Gymnastics for the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, Production Sports will be the eyes and ears on the ground to assist with marketing, public relations, sponsorships and event logistics. For more information, log on to

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