It was a banner weekend for North Shore Rhythmic gymnasts and coaches.
At the Visa national championships in Saint Paul Aug. 17-20, the club – which trains gymnasts in Glenview and in Deerfield -- picked up the senior all-around title and two senior event titles, two junior event titles, and the coach-of-the-year award. NSR athletes earned one spot on the senior national team (for athletes ages 16 and older), three spots on the junior national team (for athletes ages 13 through 15), and the all-around title for athletes 12 and under.
Gymnasts named to the U.S. senior and junior national teams:
Shelby Kisiel of Missouri City, Texas – winner of the senior all-around and two senior event titles (clubs and ball)
Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill. – winner of two junior event titles (hoop and ribbon)
Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill. – member of the junior national team
Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill. – member of the junior national team
Other NSR gymnasts who competed at the Visa national championships:
Emily Barnett of Evanston, Ill. – senior competitor
Caitlin Hillier of Lisle, Ill. – senior competitor
Laura Tutunikov of Northbrook, Ill. – junior competitor
Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill. – winner of the “hope” competition for athletes ages 12 and under
Coaches of the year:
Dani Takova and Natasha Klimouk
NSR is also home of the U.S. senior national group, which performed with ball and with ribbons and hoops at the Visa National Championships and then flew to a competition in Israel. Next month the team – coached by Angelina Yovcheva -- will head to the World Championships in Japan. Group gymnasts are as follows: Rachel Anderson, Jessica Bogdanov, Megan Frohlich, Aimee Gupta, Michelle Przybylo, Sofya Roytburg, and Sidney Sachs.