ORLANDO, Fla., June 7, 2013 – Reigning U.S. champion Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, added the ribbon and clubs titles to the ball title she earned yesterday at the 2013 U.S. Rhythmic Championships, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex's HP Field House, located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Sereda also moved ahead of Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, who won the hoop title in the first day of competition, in the preliminary all-around standings.
Elite competition concludes tomorrow with junior and senior all-around finals, where the preliminary all-around results will be combined with the scores from the finals to determine the all-around national champions.
In the first rotation, Sereda posted a 16.400 for her ribbon routine. She followed that performance up with a 16.600 in clubs, the highest score of the competition. Sereda earned a 65.200 total in the all-around. Kerber, the leader after night one, posted a 14.400 in clubs and a 16.000 in ribbon. Her 63.650 was good for a provisional second place and a 63.650 total. Cindy Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, sits in third after the preliminary competition with a 63.350.
The top 12 individuals qualified to the all-around finals. In addition to the top three, the following athletes advanced: Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms; Daniella Romashin of Eden Prairie, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic LLC; Julia Garbuz of Eden Prairie, Minn./North West Rhythmic; Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy; Kristen Shaldbyn of Alston, Mass./Isadora; Hannah Walter of Angola, N.Y./Gymnastics Unlimited-Orchard Park; Audrey Whitaker of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Gymnastics and Cheerleading; Andria Gao of San Diego, Calif./Ecke YMCA-Seawind; and Erica Der Mesropian of Tujunga, Calif./Glendale YMCA Gymnastic Center.
This national championship event features the best rhythmic gymnasts in the United States and will determine the all-around and individual national champions, as well as the members of the U.S. National Team. Competition will be held for Levels 4-10, with Level 10 as the elite division.
The competition schedule is as follows.
- June 8
- 8:30 a.m., Level 7 (floor and rope)
11:30 a.m., Level 9/10 team finals
2 p.m., Festival Rhythmic
4 p.m., Level 10, junior elite all-around finals
7 p.m., Level 10, senior elite all-around finals
- 9 a.m., Level 4, finals
9 a.m., Level 7 (hoop and clubs), awards