USA Gymnastics names athletes to compete in rhythmic gymnastics at Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships
posted on 03/06/2012

© Diane Bidermann and Mark Reis

INDIANAPOLIS, March 6, 2012 – Two-time Pan American Games Champion Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md./Capital Rhythmics, headlines the U.S. rhythmic team for the 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships March 16-18 at the Comcast Arena in Everett, Wash. Zetlin is also qualified to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.

2011 Ribbon National Champion Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy, and Alexis Page of New York, N.Y./ Aviator Sports and Recreation, make up the seniors on the U.S. team while the juniors include Laura Zeng, Julia Garbuz and Jennifer Rokhman.

Zeng is from Libertyville, Ill./Northshore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center and was second in the all-around at the 2012 Rhythmic Challenge. Gabuz is from Eden Prairie, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic LLC, and was fourth in the all-around at the 2012 Rhythmic Challenge. Rokhman is from Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and was seventh in the all-around at the 2012 Rhythmic Challenge. The athletes were selected to compete at the 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships based on their performances at the 2012 Rhythmic Challenge.

The athletes who will represent the USA in rhythmic gymnastics at the Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships are as follows.

    Senior Rhythmic
    Polina Kozitskiy, Fountainville, Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy
    Alexis Page, New York, N.Y./ Aviator Sports and Recreation
    Julie Zetlin, Bethesda, Md./Capital Rhythmics

    Junior Rhythmic
    Julia Gabuz, Eden Prairie, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic LLC
    Jennifer Rokhman, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center
    Laura Zeng, Libertyville, Ill./Northshore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center

The 2012 Pacific Rim Championships will showcase athletes from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Russia, and the United States. Considered one of gymnastics' premier international events, competition at the Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships includes artistic (men's and women's) gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.

The breakdown by discipline is as follows.

  • Artistic gymnastics: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama (women), Philippines, Russia, USA
  • Rhythmic gymnastics: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, USA
  • Trampoline: Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, USA

Single-session tickets range from $15 to $65, and all-session tickets range from $110 to $250 (including facility fees). Tickets may be purchased at the Comcast Arena at Everett Box Office; by phone at 866-332-8499; or online through Comcastarenaeverett.com. In recognition of Visa's long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment.

The competition schedule is as follows:

    Friday, March 16
    10 a.m. - Rhythmic Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
    1:30 p.m. - Women's Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
    3 p.m. - Rhythmic Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)
    7 p.m. - Women's Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)

    Saturday, March 17
    1:30 p.m. - Men's Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
    3 p.m. - Rhythmic Individual Event Finals
    7 p.m. - Men's Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)

    Sunday, March 18
    9 a.m. - Trampoline Junior Team Competition
    11:30 a.m. - Trampoline Senior Team Competition
    12 p.m. - Men's & Women's Junior Individual Event Finals
    4 p.m. - Trampoline Individual Event Finals
    6 p.m. - Men's & Women's Senior Individual Event Finals
    7 p.m. - Synchronized Trampoline Competition

Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships were held in Honolulu in 2004 and 2006; San Jose in 2008; and Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. In 2010, the USA won both the men's and women's team titles and three of the all-around titles - John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, junior men; Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA, women's junior title; and Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas/WOGA, senior women. Past all-around champions include the USA's Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson, and Nastia Liukin.

Background information

  • Kellogg Company. For more than 100 years, consumers have counted on Kellogg for great-tasting, high-quality and nutritious foods. Kellogg Company, with 2010 sales of more than $12 billion, is the world's leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods. Kellogg Company's beloved brands, which are manufactured in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries, include Kellogg's®, Keebler®, Pop-Tarts®, Eggo®, Cheez-It®, All-Bran®, Mini-Wheats®, Nutri-Grain®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, Chips Deluxe®, Famous Amos®, Sandies®, Austin®, Club®, Murray®, Kashi®, Bear Naked®, Morningstar Farms®, Gardenburger® and Stretch Island®. For more information on the Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives, visit www.kelloggcompany.com.

  • Comcast Arena at Everett. The Comcast Arena at Everett, recipient of the International Association of Venue Manager's (IAVM) prestigious Venue Excellence Award 2010, was developed by the Everett Public Facilities District. The 10,000-seat venue hosts a myriad of events including concerts, ice skating and family shows. The facility is also home to the Everett Silvertips, a Western Hockey League franchise and the 2010 National Lacrosse League Champions, the Washington Stealth. The venue accommodates other sporting events such as basketball, volleyball and international skating competitions. Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the Comcast Arena at Everett, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies.

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  • Everett, Wash., and Snohomish County. Everett, the county seat of Snohomish County, is home to innovative companies and industries producing everything from large commercial airplanes to tiny microprocessors. Just minutes north of Seattle, Snohomish County and Everett offer a diverse collection of urban delights and rural masterpieces and an endless menu of outdoor recreation and indoor attractions.

  • Everett Community College. Everett Community College educates more than 20,000 students every year at seven learning centers throughout Snohomish County, with most students and faculty at the main campus in north Everett. Students come to EvCC to affordably start their four-year degrees, earn certificates, train for a new job, experience hands-on training in professional and technical programs, learn English, develop basic skills, finish high school, train for a promotion, or to learn just for fun. EvCC is also the home of the University Center of North Puget Sound, which offers more than 25 bachelor's and master's degree programs. For more information, visit www.everettcc.edu.

  • Production Sports Management. Based in Snohomish County, Production Sports Management is an LLC offering sport national governing bodies, sports clubs and other community groups the support needed to take an event to the next level. Acting as the liaison between the local community and USA Gymnastics for the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, Production Sports will be the eyes and ears on the ground to assist with marketing, public relations, sponsorships and event logistics. For more information, log on to www.productionsports.net.

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