SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 18, 2007- 2007 Pan Am Games all-around champion Lisa Wang of Buffalo Grove, Ill., won her second consecutive U.S. rhythmic gymnastics all-around title at the 2007 Visa Championships in San Jose, Calif. Four-time U.S. junior all-around champion Rachel Marmer of Los Angeles was second and 2007 Pan Am Games ribbon silver-medalist Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md., finished third.
" It’s really thrilling," Wang said of winning her second U.S. all-around crown. " Last year I worked so hard and I was really nervous, but this year I really tried to show the aura of a champion. It’s absolutely amazing and it’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing."
Wang claimed the gold medal with a total score of 128.075, followed by Marmer at 124.950 and Zetlin at 123.300.
In the junior division, Marlee Shape of Buffalo Grove, Ill., added an all-around title to her two individual event titles at the 2007 Visa Championships. She finished with a total all-around score of 113.575, followed by Viktoriya Syatkina of Brooklyn, N.Y., in second and Tyler Rosemond of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., in third.
The eight members of the 2007-08 rhythmic gymnastics senior national team are: Ava Gehringer of Evanston, Ill.; Delaney Longergan of Los Angeles; Sofya Roytburg of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Rebecca Wallenstein of St. Augustine, Fla.; Tamara Zverinskaya of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Marmer; Wang; and Zetlin.
The 2007-08 rhythmic gymnastics junior national team is comprised of: Reba Daniels of Marina Del Ray, Calif.; Gabriella Magid of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Michelle Milstein of Eagan, Minn.; Savannah Reynolds of Van Nuys, Calif.; Anastasia Torba of Orinda, Calif.; Rosemond, Shape and Syatkina.
The 2007 Visa Championships conclude today with day two of women’s artistic gymnastics competition at 6 p.m. PT at the HP Pavilion at San Jose.
About HP Pavilion at San Jose
HP Pavilion at San Jose is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Northern California. Home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League, SAP Open men’s professional tennis tournament and the annual Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament, HP Pavilion also hosts a multitude of events annually including concerts, family shows and civic events.