U.S. rhythmic gymnasts advance to event finals at Lisbon International Tournament
posted on 03/09/2019

© John Cheng

LISBON, Portugal, March 9, 2019 – Lennox Hopkins-Wilkins of Puyallup, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics, qualified for the senior ball, clubs and ribbon finals on Sunday at the Lisbon (Portugal) International Tournament. Four juniors also advanced to event finals.

The four juniors who advanced to the event finals are: ball and clubs –Alexandria Kautzman, Westlake Village of Calif./Burlo Gymnastics, and Victoria Kobelev, Palm Coast, Fla./Rhythmic Art; ribbon – Ciel Arzandyan of Van Nuys, Calif./Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles, and Annaliese Dragan of Irvine, Calif./Nimble Rhythmic Gymnastics; and rope – Kautzman and Dragan. Additionally, seniors Hopkins-Wilkins and Shannon Xiao of Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, are the second and third reserve athletes, respectively, for the hoop final.

The roster of all of the U.S. gymnasts who competed in Lisbon is below.

Seniors
Heather Chan, Irvine, Calif./Eurogymnastics
Nerea Francis, North Miami Beach, Fla./Miami Gymnastics and Dance Academy
Lennox Hopkins-Wilkins, Puyallup, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics
Helena Pavlovcic, Glendale, Calif./California Rhythms
Shannon Xiao, Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World

Juniors
Ciel Arzandyan, Van Nuys, Calif./Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles
Annaliese Dragan, Irvine, Calif./Nimble Rhythmic Gymnastics
Alexandria Kautzman, Westlake Village, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics
Esther Kiseleva, Wayne, N.J./Liberty Academy
Victoria Kobelev, Palm Coast, Fla./Rhythmic Art
Isabelle Richardson, Las Vegas, Nev./Eurogymnastics
Naomi Skotnikov, Highland Park, Ill./Vitrychenko Academy Corp
Jenna Zhao, Burr Ridge, Ill./Vitrychenko Academy Corp

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