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Protto, Mizuno lead at the mid-point for rhythmic gymnastics at 2016 Pac Rim Championships

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EVERETT, Wash., April 8, 2016 – After the first day of competition, senior Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms, and junior Lili Mizuno of Brentwood, Calif./Community Youth Center, lead the all-around standings after the completion of two of the four events in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships presented by Hershey’s at Everett Community College. The USA also sits atop the team standings at this point. Competition continues tomorrow with the final two events to determine the team and all-around champions, as well as determine the athletes who will advance to the event finals.


Team USA holds the top five places in the senior all-around after two events. Protto posted the highest score for both the hoop and ball, earning a pair of 17.133’s and the top all-around score of 34.266. Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, is in second place (33.266), followed by Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics in third (31.583), Nicole Kaloyanov of Woodbridge, Va./Gymnastics World, is fourth (31.366), and Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Isadora rounds out the top five with a 30.683.


USA’s Mizuno leads the junior division with an all-around score of 29.166. Alexandra Chtrevenskii of Canada is in second with a 27.032, followed by teammate Sophie Crane in third (25.416). Competition continues tomorrow with the ribbon and club routines.


Tickets for rhythmic gymnastics, which will be held at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at the Everett Community College, are general admission: $20 per day, April 8-9, and $25, April 10, plus any applicable fees. The rhythmic gymnastics competition schedule is: April 8-9, 2 p.m. – team and all-around finals (two events per day); and April 10, 1 p.m. – junior and senior individual event finals. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at xfinityarenaeverett.com.


For men’s and women’s gymnastics and trampoline at the XFINITY Arena, tickets may be purchased at the XFINITY Arena Box Office, charge by phone at 1-866-332-8499 or xfinityarenaeverett.com. Ticket prices vary based on seat location.


The remaining competition schedule is listed below. 

    April 9

    • 1:30 p.m. – Subdivision 1: Women’s gymnastics team and all-around finals, and junior men’s and women’s trampoline finals; XFINITY Arena
    • 2 p.m. – Rhythmic gymnastics team and all-around finals (two events), Walt Price Student Fitness Center, Everett Community College
    • 7 p.m. – Subdivision 2: Women’s gymnastics team and all-around finals, and senior men’s and women’s trampoline finals; XFINITY Arena

    April 10

    • 12 p.m. – Junior men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals; XFINITY Arena
    • 1 p.m. – Rhythmic gymnastics junior and senior individual event finals, Walt Price Student Fitness Center, Everett Community College
    • 6 p.m. – Senior men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals; XFINITY Arena

For more information on the Pac Rim Championships, go to pacrim2016.com.


Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships traditionally feature gymnasts from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore and the United States. NBC Sports will televise action from the Pacific Rim Championships. Past sites include: 2014, Richmond, B.C., Canada; 2012, Everett, Wash.; 2010, Melbourne, Australia; 2008, San Jose, Calif.; and 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii.


Background information

  • XFINITY Arena at Everett. The XFINITY Arena at Everett, recipient of the International Association of Venue Manager’s (IAVM) prestigious Venue Excellence Award 2010, was developed by the Everett Public Facilities District. The 10,000-seat venue hosts a myriad of events including concerts, ice skating and family shows. The facility is also home to the Everett Silvertips, a Western Hockey League franchise, and the venue accommodates other sporting events such as basketball, volleyball and international skating competitions. Spectra is a major provider of sports and entertainment hospitality services in Washington. One or more of the divisions is at work supporting 15 Washington venues and events, including Washington State University and Gonzaga.

  • Spectra by Comcast Spectacor. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com. Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to Spectra, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com, Philadelphia Flyers.com, and WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com for more information.

  • The Hershey Company. The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 21,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.4 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside. Building on its core business, Hershey is expanding its portfolio to include a broader range of delicious snacks. The company remains focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to extend its competitive advantage in North America. At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For more than 120 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on giving underserved children the skills and support they need to be successful. Today, the company continues this social purpose through ‘Nourishing Minds,’ a global initiative that provides basic nutrition to help children learn and grow. From neighborhoods across the United States to the streets of Shanghai and Mumbai and villages of West Africa, our goal is to nourish one million minds by 2020. Visit: www.thehersheycompany.com

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