More than 550 gymnasts from 19 states and eight countries around the world will compete at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus (March 3, 2015) – Integrity Rhythmic Gymnastics and the Boosters of Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnastics will host the 7th annual Spring Fling Invitational in Columbus, April 3-5. For the 5th year in a row, the USA Gymnastics sanctioned competition will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand, which is the largest, multi-purpose ballroom in Ohio.
“The combination of hosting the meet in Battelle with its high ceilings and state of the art features, the quality of the competitors, and Columbus’s growing reputation as a sports venue has led to record gymnast registrations from more than 19 states and eight countries around the world,” said Integrity Rhythmics Head Coach Anna Loescher. “Integrity looks forward to welcoming competitors from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Greece, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Russia.”
Integrity is pleased to announce that six-time Greek National Champion Varvara Filiou will compete at Spring Fling. “We are especially excited to host Varvara here in Columbus, as she is regarded as a 2016 Olympic hopeful,” said Loescher. Filiou was an All-Around Finalist at the past three World Championships. Another high-ranking competitor expected to participate is U.S.
co-national champion Rebecca Sereda.
The centerpiece of the event is the annual Grand March-In scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at 1:45pm. All competitors from around the world will be recognized at that time, followed by a special gala performance from Greece’s Filiou.
The Integrity Rhythmics team is led by last year’s Level 7 National Champion 12 year-old Grace Bundy of Galloway. Other members of the team include sisters Christina (10) and Brittaney Jin (13) of Dublin who are both current members of the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Youth Elite Squad.
Ticket prices for the 3-day event are $25 for adults and $15 for children under twelve. One ticket covers spectator entry for the entire weekend. The competition is expected to run from 8am until 9pm daily. The final schedule will be posted at IntegrityRhythmics.com approximately one week before the event.
Coach Loescher is assisted with the Integrity Rhythmics program by Audrey Whitaker, who previously was an Integrity team member and one of the top 12 rhythmic gymnasts in the US. Other assistant coaches include Aliane Baquerot-Wilson, a member of the 1996 US Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Group team and Julie Izzo Vegliante, who previously managed a rhythmic program in Italy.