© Grace Chiu

INDIANAPOLIS, June 14, 2012— 2012 Olympian Julie Zetlin headlines the field of 20 senior and 25 junior rhythmic competitors at the 2012 USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Championships, June 26-27, in San Jose, Calif. The three-day competition will determine senior and junior individual event and all-around national champions. Trampoline is also being held as part of the USA Gymnastics Championships.

Rhythmic gymnastics will have competition for both junior and senior levels to determine the U.S. champions in the all-around and individual events (hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon), as well as the junior and senior national teams. Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md./Capital Rhythmics, who will represent the United States in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2012 Olympic Games, will compete, along with the USA’s other top rhythmic gymnasts on the national team: Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy; Alexis Page of New York, N.Y./Aviator Sports and Recreation; and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora.

The rhythmic field for the 2012 USA Gymnastics Championships is as follows.

    Jessica Bogdanov
    Jane Braverman
    Mattea Cavagnaro
    Leora Feldman
    Alexandra Jankulov
    Alisa Kano
    Jazzy Kerber
    Polina Kozitskiy
    Ariella Kudishevich
    Rachel Little
    Cindy Lu
    Karina Oganezova
    Aliya Protto
    Daniella Romashin
    Rebecca Sereda
    Alexandra Topilova
    Laura Tutunikov
    Hannah Walter
    Audrey Whitaker
    Julie Zetlin

    Natalie Bourand- Hope
    Brigita Budginas
    Heather Chan
    Claire Daly
    Camilla Feeley
    Andria Gao
    Julia Garbuz
    Nastasya Generalova- Hope
    Lilia Gestson
    Nicole Kaloyanov- Hope
    Masha Khmelniker
    Amanda Kurtyan
    Gabrielle Lowenstein
    Serena Lu
    Natalie McGiffert
    Liza Merenzon
    Olga Mokin
    Elina Nikerina
    Emily Rakhnyansky
    Jennifer Rokhman
    Monica Rokhman
    Kristen Shaldybin
    Ronit Shamuilov
    Laura Zeng
    Anya Zhang

The championship schedule is: June 26 – rhythmic gymnastics all-around preliminaries and individual event finals, juniors at 9 a.m. and seniors at 3 p.m.; and June 27 – rhythmic gymnastics all around finals at 12 p.m.

Seating for events will be general admission. Three ticket options are available: June 26 – an all-day, all-session ticket includes both the junior and senior rhythmic individual event finals and the men’s and women’s trampoline preliminary session for $29, including facility fees; June 27 – the junior and senior rhythmic gymnastics all-around finals and the men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline preliminaries and finals for $29, including facility fees; and June 27 -men’s and women’s trampoline finals for $35, including facility fees.

Tickets for both the USA Gymnastics Championships for rhythmic and trampoline and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics are available through ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for the Trials are also available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office. In recognition of Visa’s long-time support, USA Gymnastics is proud to accept only Visa at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics, along with cash.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics features men’s and women’s gymnastics and will be held at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, June 28-July 1. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show will also be staged in conjunction with the Trials. For more information and details on the ticket packages, go to www.sanjose2012.com.

Premier gymnastics and the Olympic Movement are not new to San Jose. In addition to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, the city has hosted the 2007 Visa Championships, the 2008 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, 2009 U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Junior Olympic Championships, 2011 U.S. Acrobatic Gymnastics National Championships, 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, and post-Olympic gymnastics tour stops. In addition, the U.S. Olympic Committee processed the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in San Jose before heading to Beijing. San Jose also played host to the 2003 Titan Games, produced in partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Locally, the Trials efforts are headed by the San Jose Sports Authority and HP Pavilion and include support from the City of San Jose, San Jose Hotels, Inc., and the San Jose Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

The U.S. Olympic Trials for all sports is a collaborative, three-way partnership between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the National Governing Bodies and the Local Organizing Committees.

Past venues for the U.S. Olympic Trials for gymnastics include: 2008, Philadelphia, Pa.; 2004, Anaheim, Calif.; 1996 and 2000, Boston; and 1992, Baltimore, Md. Background information

  • HP Pavilion. HP Pavilion at San Jose, managed by Sharks Sports & Entertainment, hosts nearly 100 sporting events annually including more than 40 San Jose Sharks regular season home games and the SAP Open men’s professional tennis tournament. The building hosts approximately 170 events every year — including Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners and a variety of family and children’s favorites that account for more than 200 event days. Pollstar, the leading concert industry trade magazine, nominated HP Pavilion at San Jose as "Arena of the Year" for 2005 and 2007. In 2007, Pollstar also recognized HP Pavilion at San Jose based on non-sports attendance as fourth in North America, top 10 in the world. Over the past 10 years, HP Pavilion at San Jose has consistently been in the Top 5 in North America and top 10 in the world.

  • San Jose Sports Authority. The San Jose Sports Authority is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the City of San Jose’s economic development, visibility and civic pride through sports. Serving as the City’s sports commission since its inception in 1991, the Sports Authority has provided leadership and support to attract and host hundreds of sporting events in San Jose and the South Bay. The Sports Authority also supports and operates community, youth and amateur sports programs, including the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, The First Tee of San Jose, and the REACH Youth Scholarship Program. To learn more, visit www.sjsa.org.

  • City of San Jose. From its founding in 1777 as California’s first city, San Jose has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley—the world’s leading center of innovation. The city, the 10th largest in the United States, is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, to work and to live. For more information, visit www.sanjoseca.gov.

  • San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau (SJCVB). The San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau (SJCVB), a 25 year old organization focused on enhancing the image and economic well being of San Jose, is managed by Team San Jose, a unique customer service model that works in partnership with local hoteliers, organized labor, local arts leadership and business community to provide a one-team approach to all event-planning needs. Team San Jose manages the San Jose Convention Center and multiple theaters in Downtown San Jose, including the San Jose Civic, Parkside Hall, Center for the Performing Arts, California Theatre and Montgomery Theater. For more information, visit www.sanjose.org.

  • San Jose Hotels Inc. (SJHI). San Jose Hotels Inc., is a hotels-led, non-profit business improvement district representing 35 San Jose-based hotels. SJHI leverages destination investment focused on event sponsorship, marketing and public relations to attract conventions, events and meetings to San Jose through a unique partnership with Team San Jose and the SJCVB.