LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 16, 2011 – Shelby Kisiel of Houston and Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill., won the senior and junior all-around titles, respectively, at the 2011 U.S. Rhythmic Classic, held June 11-12 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in suburban Orlando, Fla. In total, the United States won 23 medals – 10 gold, 12 silver and one bronze. The U.S. Rhythmic Classic was part of the inaugural ESPN RISE Girls Showcase.
In the senior division, Kisiel, who trains at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, won every available gold medal – all-around, 101.875; hoop, 26.100; ball, 25.700; clubs, 24.700; and ribbon, 24.525. New York City’s Alexis Page, who trains at Aviator Sports and Recreation, also won five medals: silver – hoop, 23.650; ball, 23.925; clubs, 24.650; and ribbon, 24.450; and bronze – all-around, 93.175.
In addition to her junior all-around gold, Kerber, who trains at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, claimed the silver medal for all four individual events. Kerber’s scores were: all-around, 98.075; hoop, 24.350; ball, 23.450; clubs, 23.400; and ribbon, 23.175. Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, won the four event gold medals and was second in the all-around: all-around, 96.400; hoop, 24.525; ball, 26.000; clubs, 25.175; and ribbon, 24.525.
In addition to the four rhythmic gymnasts representing the USA, four additional gymnasts participated in the all-around to gain experience, but were not included in the official results: senior – Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa. (95.800), and Olga Pavlenko of Brooklyn, N.Y. (98.075); and junior – Cindy Lu (87.325) and Serena Lu (86.150), both of Blaine, Minn.
The USA’s group finished second in all three events – all-around, ball (five) and ribbon (3)/hoop (2). Spain won the three gold medals, with Venezuela in third.
The members of the U.S. group, which trains at North Shore Rhythmics in Deerfield, Ill., are: Rachel Anderson, Jessica Bogdanov, Megan Frohlich, Aimee Gupta, Michelle Przybylo, Sofya Roytburg and Sydney Sachs.
The countries competing were Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Moldova, Philippines, Spain, United States and Venezuela. The international two-day event featured competition in the all-around and individual events for both juniors and seniors in individual rhythmic gymnastics and senior group.
The ESPN RISE Showcase is a three-week sports festival celebrating female sports that will involve nearly 15,000 elite and recreational female athletes competing in basketball, gymnastics, softball, taekwondo and volleyball June 2-22. The U.S. Open Championships and the Junior Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Optional Championships and Invitational were included in the ESPN RISE Showcase.
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