11 countries will compete in 2011 U.S. Rhythmic Classic
posted on 06/06/2011

© Diane Bidermann and Ron Wyatt

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 6, 2011 Acaa The field for the U.S. Rhythmic Classic, formerly known as the Chicago Cup, includes 52 athletes from 11 countries. The USA's team is expected to include Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md., and Shelby Kisiel of Houston for the senior division, along with juniors Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill., and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y. The two-day international event will be held at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in suburban Orlando, Fla., on June 11-12.

The countries sending athletes to compete are: Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Moldova, Philippines, Russia, Spain, United States and Venezuela. The U.S. Rhythmic Classic has competition in both individual and group rhythmic gymnastics.

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 international two-day event, which is part of the inaugural ESPN RISE Girls Showcase, will feature competition in the all-around and individual events for both juniors and seniors in individual rhythmic gymnastics and senior group. The Junior Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Optional Championships and Invitational for Levels 7-10 will be held June 8-12 in conjunction with the U.S. Rhythmic Classic.

In addition to the three rhythmic gymnasts representing the USA, six additional gymnasts will participate in the all-around to gain experience, but they will not be reflected in the official results: Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa., Alexis Page of New York City, Olga Pavlenko of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Anastasia Torba of Orinda, Calif., in the senior division; and Cindy and Serena Lu of Blaine, Minn., in the junior division.

The competition schedule for the U.S. Rhythmic Classic and Junior Olympic Optional Championships and Invitational is as follows:
June 8: Junior Olympics Acaa Level 7, 9 a.m., and Level 8, 4 p.m.
June 9: Junior Olympics Acaa Level 7, 11:15 a.m., and Level 8, 4:30 p.m.
June 10: Junior Olympics and Invitational Acaa Levels 9-10, 3:30 p.m., and Junior Olympic group, 8:30 p.m.
June 11: Junior Olympics Acaa Levels 9/10, 9 a.m.; and U.S. Rhythmic Classic Acaa all-around finals for junior (2 p.m.) and senior (6 p.m.) divisions, and senior group (5:45 and 9:30 p.m.)
June 12: Junior Olympics and Invitational Acaa Levels 9-10, 10 a.m.; and U.S. Rhythmic Classic Acaa junior and senior individual event finals, 3 p.m.

For the U.S. Rhythmic Classic, the first day of competition determines the junior and senior all-around champions, the junior and senior gymnasts with the highest aggregate score after four events, as well as the top eight gymnasts who advance to the individual event finals. For group gymnastics, the junior group all-around is on June 10, with the senior group all-around on June 11.

The four events for individual rhythmic gymnastics at the U.S. Rhythmic Classic are hoop, clubs, ball and ribbon, and the all-around competition includes routines in all four apparatus. Individual event finals feature qualified gymnasts competing with each apparatus for a score. For group, five gymnasts perform a routine in two events, ball (all five) and hoop (2)/ribbon (3). Rhythmic gymnasts coordinate very difficult body movements with each apparatus in synch with the music, which requires strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity and endurance. The group discipline combines those skills in a choreographed routine with five group members.

The Junior Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Optional Championships showcases the country's best Level 7-9 gymnasts, and the Level 10 Invitational provides a similar opportunity for that level's top competitors.

Just prior to the U.S. Rhythmic Classic, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will play host to the 2011 USA Gymnastics Open Championships from June 2-5 at the Jostens Center. The USA Gymnastics Open is the first time female Junior Olympic gymnasts in women's Levels 4-8 and Prep-op will compete for a national title. For rhythmic, the competition is for Levels 4-6. Individual and club team champions will be named for each level for both women's and rhythmic gymnastics, and the overall club team champion will be determined at the conclusion of the event. A women's National Elite Qualifier also will be staged at this time to provide gymnasts with an opportunity to advance to the elite level and/or to qualify for the U.S. Classic.

Participation in each Junior Olympic level is determined by skills mastered not by age. Levels 4, 5 and 6 require compulsory elements and may include compulsory routines, while Levels 7-10 feature optional routines with certain technical requirements (each gymnast performs her own unique routine).

Background information

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  • Field for the 2011 U.S. Rhythmic Classic
    Organized by country, level

    Ksenia Judeikin, Canada, junior
    Victoria Reznik, Canada, senior

    Ignacia Baeza, Chile, junior
    Valentina Andrea Castro Zumaran, Chile, junior
    Cristina Francisca Bello Contreras, Chile, senior
    Caibul Diaz Rocio Belen, Chile, senior

    Carolina Velez Ramirez, Colombia, senior

    Kelly Cando, Ecuador, junior
    Camila Duchimaza, Ecuador, junior
    Maria Teresa Penafiel, Ecuador, junior
    Melissa Perez, Ecuador, junior
    Mishell Sampedro, Ecuador, junior
    Daniela Onofre, Ecuador, senior

    Estefanie Juliena Pedroza, Guatemala, junior
    Gabriela Morales Lemus, Guatemala, senior
    Linda Esperanza Sandoval, Guatemala, senior

    Natalia Podgainaia, Moldova, junior

    Margarita Cruz, Philippines, junior

    Ekaterina Chukalina, Russia, junior
    Alexandra Soldatova, Russia, junior
    Galina Adel, Russia, senior
    Veronika Shakhova, Russia, senior

    Loreto Achaerandio, Spain, senior Group
    Sandra Aguilar, Spain, senior Group
    Elena Lopez, Spain, senior Group
    Lourdes Mohedano, Spain, senior Group
    Alejandra Quereda, Spain, senior Group
    Lidia Redondo, Spain, senior Group

    Jazzy Kerber, USA/Highland Park, Ill., junior
    Cindy Lu*, USA/Blaine, Minn., junior
    Serena Lu*, USA/Blaine, Minn., junior
    Rebecca Sereda, USA/Staten Island, N.Y., junior
    Shelby Kisiel, USA/Houston, senior
    Polina Kozitskiy*, USA/Fountainville, Pa., senior
    Alexis Page*, USA/New York, N.Y., senior
    Olga Pavlenko*, USA/Brooklyn, N.Y., senior
    Julie Zetlin, USA/Bethesda, Md., senior
    Rachel Anderson, USA/North Shore Rhythmics, senior-Group
    Jessica Bogdonov, USA/North Shore Rhythmics, senior-Group
    Megan Frohlich, USA/North Shore Rhythmics, senior-Group
    Aimee Gupta, USA/North Shore Rhythmics, senior-Group
    Michelle Przybylo, USA/North Shore Rhythmics, senior-Group
    Sofia Roytburg, USA/North Shore Rhythmics, senior-Group
    Sydney Sachs, USA/North Shore Rhythmics, senior-Group
    *Are competing for experience but will not be included in event results

    Andreina Sarahis Acevedo Martinez, Venezuela, senior
    Katherin Rossana Arias Olive, Venezuela, senior
    Catherine Carolina Cortez Egea, Venezuela, senior
    Grisbel Andreina Lopez Ortega, Venezuela, senior
    Leiyineth Sarahlit Medrano Rodriguez, Venezuela, senior
    Michelle Steffanie Sanchez Salazar, Venezuela, senior
    Neira Alejandra Segura Zapata, Venezuela, senior
    Nathalia de Jesus Silva Amaro, Venezuela, senior