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U.S. rhythmic gymnasts tackle concurrent events in Tokyo, Amsterdam
posted on 10/19/2022

INDIANAPOLIS (October 19, 2022) - U.S. Rhythmic National Team members will return to the international stage this weekend at concurrent events in Europe and Asia. The trio of Evita Griskenas (Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center), Lili Mizuno (Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center) and Rin Keys (Porter Ranch, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics) will take on Japan's Aeon Cup October 20-23. Fellow National Team members Irina Fesyun (Aventura, Fla./IK School of Gymnastics), Naomi Skotnikov (Hinsdale, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center), Alexandra Ebert (Brooklyn Park, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic), Yana Golovan (Las Vegas, Nev./Nevada Rhythmic Academy) and Erika Rusak (Auburn, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics) will be joined by 10 individual club gymnasts and two groups in The Netherlands October 21-23 for this year's AmsterdaMMasters.

The Aeon Cup is a team competition where nations are represented by two senior gymnasts and one junior. World Challenge Cup bronze medalists Griskenas and Mizuno each advanced to the all-around final, finishing 10th and 12th, respectively, at last month's World Championships and will look to carry that momentum into their first subsequent outing. Keys, meanwhile, is the most-decorated U.S. junior of 2022, having accumulated a full set of gold, silver and bronze all-around medals and ten apparatus medals internationally to date.

Aeon Cup qualifications will take place Thursday and Friday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, and finals will follow over the weekend. U.S. gymnasts last competed at the Aeon Cup in 2019, finishing 8th with Mizuno in the lineup. Click here for more information and results.

On the European scene, Ebert, Fesyun, Golovan, Rusak and Skotnikov will compete at the AmsterdaMMasters alongside senior club gymnasts Elena Bui (Plymouth, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic), Anastasia Lobanov (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla./IK School of Gymnastics) and Gabriela Montano (North Miami, Fla./IK School of Gymnastics); junior gymnasts Victoria Gonikman (Corcoran, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic), Vlada Ishutina (Bal Harbour, Fla./IK School of Gymnastics), Maria Serper (Bellevue, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics), Saraswati Urgaakhad (Seattle, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics) and Aurora Vitrychenko (Highland Park, Ill./Vitrychenko Academy); pre-juniors Alexandra Hoyt (Maple Grove, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic) and Emma Shi (Medina, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic); and junior and senior groups from the IK School of Gymnastics.

Qualifications, which will also determine junior and senior group and individual all-around champions, will take place Friday and Saturday. The pre-junior all-around will run Saturday and Sunday, and junior and senior individual and group apparatus finals will wrap competition Sunday. Visit amsterdammastersrg.com to learn more.