KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 29, 2013 – Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, both advanced to the all-around finals at the 2013 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, at Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. Based on available records, this is the first time the USA has qualified two gymnasts to the all-around finals at the World Championships. The top 24 athletes from the qualification round advanced to the all-around finals tomorrow.
"We are very proud of how Jazzy and Rebecca have competed this week," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "They have trained hard for this opportunity and are focused on having a great day tomorrow. For them to make all-around finals at their first World Championships is a huge statement about the athlete development progress our rhythmic program is making."
On the final day of qualification, Kerber earned a 16.383 for clubs and a 15.533 for ribbon, and her all-around total of 48.799 put her in 20th place. Sereda was not far behind at 48.582 for the all-around qualification round score in 22nd place. Sereda’s second day event scores were a 16.133 on clubs and a 15.083 for ribbon. On the first day of qualifications, Sereda posted a 15.983 for hoop and 16.466 for ball. Kerber’s first day marks were 16.133 on hoop and 16.283 on ball. For 2013, gymnasts advanced to the World all-around finals based on rankings using the top three of an athlete’s four event scores.
Julie Zetlin was the last U.S. gymnast to advance to the all-around finals at World Championships.
The U.S. senior group, which trains at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics in Deerfield, Ill., begins competition on Aug. 31, with the general competition qualification and finals for 10 clubs and three balls/two ribbons and wraps up on Sept. 1 with the group finals for 10 clubs and three clubs/two ribbons. The members of the U.S. Rhythmic Group Team, which trains at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics in Deerfield, Ill., are: Sharon Dassouli, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics; Alisa Kano, New York, N.Y./Isadora; Natalie McGiffert, Topanga, Calif./Platinum Gymnastics; Monica Rokhman, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics; Jennifer Rokhman, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics; and Laura Tutunikov, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics.