Sereda, Zetlin win all-around, earn championships berth at Qualifier
posted on 07/19/2009

Julie Zetlin
© James Glader

All-around competition concluded in the 2009 Rhythmic National Qualifier at the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center in Plainfield, Ind., with 45 tickets booked to the 2009 Visa Championships, taking place Aug. 12-15 in Dallas, Texas.

Winning the junior all-around competition with a score of 94.35, Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora cemented one of 25 junior qualifying positions. Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center finished second with 91.5, and Shelby Kisiel of Missouri City, Texas/North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center finished third with 89.20. Alexis Page of New York, N.Y./Aviator Sports and Recreation and Olga Pavlenko of Flushing, N.Y./Isadora rounded out the top five with all-around totals of 86.325 and 86.10.

Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md./Rhythmflex won the senior all-around and one of 20 qualifying spots with a combined score of 96.15. JoAnna Arnold of Evanston, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center finished second with 87.25. Anastasia Torba of Orinda, Calif./Allegro Rhythmics earned 86.975, finishing third. Claire Skach of Portland, Ore./Westside Dance and Gymnastics Academy and Michelle Milstein of Eagan, Minn./International Gymnastics of Minnesota finished fourth and fifth with scores of 85.85 and 85.65, respectively.

The top 25 juniors and 20 seniors in ranking order earned berths to the 2009 Visa Championships. Those gymnasts who did not compete in the 2009 Rhythmic National Qualifier may petition for inclusion following the rules and policies of the rhythmic gymnastics program if they have recorded one equal to or greater than qualifying score during the 2009 season and meet one of three requirement: injured at the time of competition, recently competed in an international competition, or currently a member of the U.S. Rhythmic National Team.

Visa Championships Rhythmic Qualifiers
In order of all-around finish at the 2009 National Qualifier

Juniors
Rebecca Sereda, Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora
Jazzy Kerber, Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Shelby Kisiel, Missouri City, Texas/North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Alexis Page, New York, N.Y./Aviator Sports and Recreation
Olga Pavlenko, Flushing, N.Y./Isadora
Amanda Tran, Shoreline, Wash./Kortel Academy of Gymnastics
Jessica Bogdanov, Brooklyn, N.Y./Isadora
Lyrica Okano, New York, N.Y./Aviator Sports and Recreation
Megan Kincaid, Los Angeles, Calif./California Rhythms
Aria Rodli, Cornado, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics
Aliya Protto, Culver City, Calif./Hollywood Academy of Gymnastics
Meghan Lalor, Vista, Calif./Magdalena Ecke YMCA
Daniella Romashin, Eden Prairie, M.N./NorthWest Rhythmic LLC
Sharon Dassouli, Northbrook, Ill./Illinois Rhythmics Gymnastics Center
Jane Braverman, Brooklyn, N.Y./Isadora
Madeline Peterson, Elmhurst, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Katerina Furlong, Bellevue, Wash./Kortel Academy of Gymnastics
Peggy Flavin, Downers Grove, Ill./Elite Sports Complex Inc.
Alisa Kano, Brooklyn, N.Y./Isadora
Elizabeth Ukilis, Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora
Cailtyn Hillier, Lisle, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Danielle Johnson, Los Angeles, Calif./Los Angeles School of Gymnastics
Diana Kim, Brooklyn, N.Y./Aviator Sports and Recreation
Ilana Slutsky, Glenview, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Leora Feldman, Los Angeles, Calif./California Rhythms
Mattea Cavagnaro, Seattle, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics


Junior Qualifiers to the 2009 Visa Championships - Photo by James Glader

Seniors
Julie Zetlin, Bethesda, Md./Rhythmflex
JoAnna Arnold, Evanston, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Anastasia Torba, Orinda, Calif./Allegro Rhythmics
Claire Skach, Portland, Ore./Westside Dance and Gymnastics Acadamy
Michelle Milstein, Eagan, Minn./International Gymnastics of Minnesota
Rachel Girma, Moorpark, Calif./Los Angeles School of Gymnastics
Sarah Kudishevich, Eden Prairie, Minn./International Gymnastics of Minnesota
Nicole Chillingworth, Rolling Hlls Estates, Calif./Eurogymnastics
Ivana Benson, Valrico, FL/Tampa Bay Rhythmics
Michelle Przybylo, Glenview, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Elektra Markogiannakis, Randolf, Mass./Rhythmic Dreams
Hannah Walter, Buffalo New York/Gymnastics Unlimited
Marina Ljuboja, Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Amanda Heinemann, San Rafael, Calif./Rhythmic Academy of Marin
Ren MacDonald, Los Angeles, Calif./Clubritmica
Emily Barnett, Evanston, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
Alexis Moore, Auburn, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics
Nicole Minevich, San Diego, Calif./San Diego Rhythms
Rachel Anderson, Naperville, Ill./Elite Sports Complex Inc.


Senior Qualifiers to the 2009 Visa Championships - Photo by James Glader

About
The 2009 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, are Aug. 12-15 in Dallas, Texas. The U.S. champions for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling are determined at the Visa Championships. Artistic gymnastics will be held at American Airlines Center, with rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling at the Dallas Convention Center. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, held in conjunction with the Visa Championships, will also be at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.


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