Julie Zetlin and Rebecca Sereda
© Ron Wyatt

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 14, 2010 – Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md., and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y., won the rhythmic gymnastics senior and junior all-around, respectively, at the 2010 Visa Championships at the University of Hartford (Conn.) Chase Arena. Both had the top score in the respective preliminary rounds.

Zetlin, who trains at Rhythmflex, won the senior all-around title with a 202.425, posting the top score on all four apparatus: hoop (24.875), ribbon (25.15), rope (25.425), and ball (26.375). Yesterday, she won three event titles: hoop, ribbon, and ball. Her all-around preliminary score was 101.000.

"Yesterday, I knew I was in the lead, and I knew I had a pretty good chance of staying in the lead, but it’s finally real," said Zetlin. "I’ve waited so long for it. I got really emotional. I’ve waited 10 years for this. Iit’s been a long, long, bumpy ride, but I’m finally here."

With a two-day total of 196.675, Isadors’s Sereda captured the junior all-around title recording the highest finals scores on hoop (24.325), rope (25.125), and ball (24.8). Yesterday, she won the ball and hoop event titles. Her preliminary score in the all-around at 96.675.

"It’s been for a while and I haven’t been training as intensely for the competition as normal so I was kind of nervous," said Sereda. "But to do good today made me really happy and I pulled through."

Shelby Kisiel of Missouri City, Texas/ North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, finished second in the senior all-around at 196.425. Olga Pavlenko of Brooklyn, N.Y./Isadora, took third with 188.525. JoAnna Arnold of Evanston Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics (185.725) and Anastasia Torba of Loma Linda, Calif./ Allegro Rhythmic (185.3) rounded out the top five.

North Shore Rhythmics’ Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill., took second in the junior all-around with 187.45. Alexis Page of New York, N.Y./ Aviator Sports and Recreation, placed third with a score of 185.55. Cindy Lu of Blaine, Minn. (183.6) and Aria Rodli of San Diego, Calif., (182.3) rounded out the top five.


Photos by Diane Bidermann

2010 Visa Championships
University of Hartford – Chase Arena
Aug. 14, 2010
Senior and junior all-around final results

Senior all-around
1. Julie Zetlin, Bethesda, Md., 202.425
2. Shelby Kisiel, Missouri City, Texas, 196.425
3. Olga Pavlenko, Flushing, N.Y., 188.525
4. JoAnna Arnold, Evanston, Ill., 185.725
5. Anastasia Torba, Loma Linda, Calif., 185.3
6. Nicole Chillingworth, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., 174.35
7. Hannah Walter, Angola, N.Y., 170.95
8. Claire Skach, Portland, Ore., 169.075
9. Elektra Markogiannakis, Randolf, Mass., 168.825
10. Ivana Benson, Valrico, Fla., 167.775
11. Aimee Gupta, Orchard Lake, Mich., 165.475
12. Katerina Furlong, Bellevue, Wash., 161.65
13. Emily Barnett, Evanston, Ill., 79.675
14. Caitlyn Hillier, Lisle, Ill., 77.725
15. Rachel Little, Lithia, Fla., 75.475
16. Manon Chaney, Gresham, Ore., 74.6
17. Jia-Shyuan Su, Woodbury, Minn., 73.225
18. Samantha Banks, Long Lake, Minn., 72.8
19. Rachel Anderson, Naperville, Ill., 71.95
20. Shirley Gon-Gibbs, Culver City, Calif., 71.65

Junior all-around
1. Rebecca Sereda, Staten Island, N.Y., 196.675
2. Jazzy Kerber, Highland Park, Ill., 187.45
3. Alexis Page, New York, N.Y., 185.55
4. Cindy Lu, Blaine, Minn., 183.6
5. Aria Rodli, San Diego, Calif., 182.3
6. Amanda Tran, Shoreline, Wash., 177.375
7. Yasmeen Sidqi, Brooklyn, N.Y., 177.3
8. Julia Garbuz, Eden Prairie, Minn., 176.45
9. Monica Rokhman, Northbrook, Ill., 174.775
10. Megan Kincaid, Los Angeles, Calif., 173.75
11. Jane Braverman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 171
12. Audrey Whitaker, Columbus, Ohio, 168.025
13. Kristen Shaldybin, Allston, Mass., 83
14. Danielle Romashin, Eden Prairie, Minn., 82.675
15. Sharon Dassouli, Long Grove, Ill., 82.3
16. Laura Tutunikov, Northbrook, Ill., 81.9
17. Jennifer Rokhman, Northbrook, Ill., 81
18. Lisa Rassadkina, Dayton, N.J., 77.775
19. Lilia Gestson, Gaithersburg, Md., 76.175
20. Jenna Feeley, Germantown, Md., 75.775
21. Carly Johnson, Dickerson, Md., 74.95
22. Jacqueline Buckley, Calabasas Hills, Calif., 74.525