July 16, 2019

Region 4 gymnasts compete in 1st Junior World Championships

The USA’s top junior rhythmic gymnasts are in Moscow finishing preparations for competing in the first Junior World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, July 19-21, at the city’s Olympic Complex Luzhniki. With competition in both individual and group rhythmic gymnastics, the International Gymnastics Federation’s championships will determine the all-around country champions for both individual and group rhythmic gymnastics, as well as the team and individual event champions. 

 

The U.S. Team for individual rhythmic gymnastics includes the USA’s top three all-around junior gymnasts, based on the 2019 USA Gymnastics Championships: Alexandria Kautzman of Westlake Village, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics, who was third; Victoria Kobelev of Palm Coast, Fla./Rhythmic Art, the silver all-around medalist and ribbon champion; and Jenna Zhao of Burr Ridge, Ill./Vitrychenko Academy, who won the all-around, rope, ball and clubs titles. The members of the U.S. group, which is based at Vitrychenko Academy in Niles, Ill., and won the junior group title, are: Madeleine Avila of Highland Park, Ill.; Lola Perez of Weymouth, Mass.; Tatyana Shilshtut of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Remy Turner of Glendale, Calif.; and Emily Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y.

March 31, 2019

MTM Ljubljana Tournament, Ljubljana, Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, March 31, 2019, Evita Griskenas of Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, won the senior all-around silver medal at the MTM Ljubljana (Slovenia) Tournament, where Esther Kiseleva of Wayne, N.J./Liberty Academy, was the junior all-around silver medalist. In event finals, Griskenas won the senior hoop gold and ball silver medals. Other event medalists were: Ciel Arzandyan of Van Nuys, Calif./Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles, junior clubs gold; Esther Kiseleva of Wayne, N.J./Liberty Academy, junior rope bronze; Daria Merkulova of Grayslake, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Center, non-FIG senior all-around, ball and clubs gold;

 

Gemma Gow of Newton, Mass./Rhythmic Dreams participated in the pre-junior bracket, where she won the all-around and rope gold medals, plus the ball silver. Gow’s all-around two-event score was 29.100 to take the title, with Italy’s Tara Dragas in second at 27.950 and Israel’s Elinor Paritzki in third (24.850). For rope, Gow earned a 14.050 for the top spot with Germany’s Anna Shenenko next at 12.600. Bulgaria’s Marina Dosheva was third (11.750). Gow barely missed the ball gold, her 15.050 put her behind Dragas’ 15.450. Paritzki was third (14.300). Dragas won the ribbon title with her 12.500. In the event finals Gow claimed the silver medal in the pre-junior’s clubs final, the only event final for the pre-junior division. Italy’s Tara Dragas was first at 14.200, and Russia’s Milana Kuznetsova was third (12.850). 

July 7, 2018

Kapitonova, Oh earn trips to Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. – 2018 U.S. junior rhythmic all-around champion Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, will represent the United States in the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 in rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, respectively. The Youth Olympic Games are slated for Oct. 6-18, 2018, in Buenos Aires Argentina. All athlete selections for the Youth Olympic Games are pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee. 

In rhythmic gymnastics, Kapitonova earned an eight-routine score of 120.937, which included the all-around scores from the Youth Olympic Games selection event and the USA Gymnastics Championships. Kapitonova’s event scores were: hoop, 32.101 (16.184/15.917); ball, 31.184 (15,334.15,850); clubs, 29.801 (14.817/14.984); and ribbon, 27.851 (13.417/14.434). Lennox Hopkins Wilkins of Puyallup, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics, finished second and is the alternate. Her all-around total was 114.685. 

Oh earned a two-routine score of 96.855 to edge past Kayttie Nakamura of Honolulu, Hawaii/Hawaii Academy, who posted a 96.165, for the top score. Oh’s routines earned a 43.545 and a 53.310. Nakamura, whose routine scores were 43.505 and 52.660, is the alternate for women’s trampoline. 

May 7, 2018

Junior Pan American Championships

MEDELLIN, Colombia, - Shannon Xiao of Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, and the U.S. junior rhythmic individual team won the all-around and team gold medals at the Junior Pan American Championships for rhythmic gymnastics in Medellin, Colombia.  They tallied 144.600 well ahead of Canada’s 131.250. Brazil earned a 121.950 for the bronze. 

Xiao was the all-around champion, earning sores of 14.950, hoop; 15.050, ball; 15.400, clubs; and 14.450, ribbon. Her 59.850 earned the U.S. a spot in the rhythmic gymnastics competition at this year’s Youth Olympic Games. Canada’s Natalie Garcia won the silver medal with a 59.400 total in the all-around, while Kapitonova, who earned individual event scores of 15.450, hoop; 13.850, ball; 15.200, clubs; and 14.200, ribbon, posted a 58.700 all-around total for bronze. Marszalek finished fourth after totaling 49.600 in the all-around. 

In the apparatus finals, Xiao and Kapitonova won eight medals. Xiao was the champion in hoop with a 16.400, followed by Kapitonova in second at 15.950. Garcia won the bronze with a 14.500. Kapitonova took the gold medal in the ball final, scoring 15.050. Garcia (14.600) won the silver with Xiao earning bronze (14.350). Garcia took the top spot in the clubs final, just ahead of Xiao, 15.750 to 15.500. Kapitonova earned a 15.000 for bronze. Kapitonova added another gold medal for Team USA in the ribbon final with a 14.750. Xiao finished second with a 13.950. Mexico’s Xitlati Santana earned a 12.550 for bronze. 

In group competition, the U.S. finished third with a two-routine score of 19.200. The U.S. junior group consists of Anastasiya Ivanova, June Kim, Alexandra Militeeva, Valerie Militeeva, Vianna Ngo, and Ellen Peng, all of San Diego Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Chile (25.750) was the all-around champion, followed by Brazil (24.400). The group added two silver medals in the event finals. In the five rope competition, Chile was again golden, earning a 13.550. The USA was second with a 12.800, followed by Brazil’s 11.400. Brazil took the gold medal in the 10 clubs final, earning 13.350. The U.S. was right behind in second with a 13.250. Chile posted a 12.400 for bronze..

April 29, 2018

U.S. completes sweep of rhythmic gold medals on final day at Pac Rim

MEDELLIN, Colombia, – Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, completed sweeps of the senior and junior rhythmic gold medals, respectively, today at the Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin, Colombia. Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, won three silver medals in the senior competition, while Shannon Xiao, Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, added two silvers to the U.S. haul in the junior meet. The U.S. junior group also completed a sweep of the gold medals. 

April 28, 2018

USA sweeps rhythmic team, all-around gold medals

MEDELLIN, Colombia, - The USA won the team competition for rhythmic gymnastics at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin Colombia, as well as went one-two in both the junior and senior all-around. 2016 Olympic alternate Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center won first place with a 62.850. and Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, won the  junior rhythmic all-around gold medal with her all-around score of 63.283  

Despite a false start on the music, Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, didn’t miss a beat and booked a 15.067 for her clubs routine, which had one error on a mastery in the middle of her exercise. She posted a 14.450 for her ribbon routine. Her total of 61.217 put her in second behind Feeley. Lina Dussan of Colombia was third at 50.451. 


Shannon Xiao of Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, earned a 15.550 on clubs, and for her solid ribbon routine to “Echa Pa’Lante” by Thalia, she scored a 15.433. Her four-event total was 59.966, putting her in second. Canada’s Michel Vivier was third at 57.583. 

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April 27, 2018

Feeley, Kapitonova lead the field at Pacific Rim Championships

MEDELLIN, Colombia,] – 2016 Olympic alternate Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center and Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, lead the senior and junior rhythmic all-around standings, respectively, after the first day of competition at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin Colombia.

Feeley finished day one in the top spot with a two-event score of 32.117, just ahead of Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, who earned a 31.700. Feeley posted the day’s top qualifying score for ball with her 16.150, performing to “Bad to the Bone.” She tallied a 15.967 for her elegant hoop routine, advancing to the final in second place. Chan’s 16.817 was the top qualifying score for hoop, and she advanced to the ball final in second position with her 14.833. 

Kapitonova’s 31.716 tops the junior leaderboard after day. She posted the highest qualifying scores for both hoop (15.583) and ball (16.1330). Shannon Xiao of Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, is in second place with her 28.983 total, advancing to the ball final with her score of 15.033. She finished fifth with hoop (13.950) but will not advance to the final due to the two-per country rule. 

Lennox Hopkins Wilkins, Puyallup, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics, sits in fourth position in the all-around standings at 21.833. She earned the second qualifying spot for the hoop final with her 15.133. Matylda Marszalek of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, is sixth in the all-around at 25.250 (14.000, hoop; 11.250, ball). 

Oct. 14, 2017

Griskenas, Kapitonova win all-around gold in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – USA won five gold medals on the second day of competition at the 2017 Pan American Gymnastics Championships at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, and Evita Griskenas of Orlando Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, won the junior and senior rhythmic all-around titles, respectively.  USA also clinched both rhythmic team titles, in addition to the senior rhythmic individual and group all-around silver medals. In the junior group competition, USA struck gold with their 27.950 total.

Aug. 29, 2017

Lu records two top-four finishes at World University Games

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, placed fourth in the ball and ribbon finals today as the rhythmic competition wrapped up at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Lu finished fourth in the ribbon final with a 14.500, narrowly missing the podium. Russia’s Iulia Bravikova, took top honors with a 16.550, followed by teammate Ekaterina Selezneva in second (14.950). Japan’s Takana Tatsuzawa was third (14.600). 

In the ball final, Lu posted a 16.175 to finish fourth. Selezneva and Bravikova posted 17.000 and 16.750, respectively, to take the gold and silver medals. Belarus’ Maryia Trubach claimed the bronze with her 16.450. 

The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. The summer World University Games consist of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country.

Aug. 28, 2017

Lu places seventh in all-around, advances to two finals at World University Games

Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, finished seventh in the all-around standings today at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Lu also advanced to the finals in ribbon and ball. The USA’s Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics, finished 14th in the all-around standings.

In the all-around, Lu’ s 58.800 landed her in seventh place. Additionally, Lu advanced to two event finals, qualifying third in ball (16.600) and sixth in ribbon (14.400). Russia’s Iuliia Bravikova won the all-around title (71.200), followed by teammate Ekaterina Selezneva at 69.175. Hanna Bazhko of Belarus claimed the bronze medal with her 62.700. Budginas tallied a 53.225 to finish 14th.

May 15, 2017

USA claims three medals at World Challenge Cup in Portimao

PORTIMAO, Portugal - Nastasya Generalova, Los Angeles/California Rhythms, and the U.S. senior group combined for three medals over the weekend at the Portimao World Challenge Cup in Portimao, Portugal. Generalova placed third in the ball final and the group claimed bronze in the all-around and three balls/two ribbons competition.

 

Generalova placed fourth in the hoop final with a 16.250 total. Filanovsky won the title (17.700) followed by Russia’s Iuliia Bravikova (17.450). Elizaveta Lugovskikh of Russia claimed the bronze (17.000) and USA’s Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora placed seventh with her 15.350. 

Generalova added a fifth-place finish with the ribbon (14.450). Filanovsky won the title with her 16.950. Erika Zafirova of Belarus took second with a 14.650, followed by Bravikova at 14.600..

April 4, 2017

U.S. wins three medals at rhythmic’s Irina Deleanu Cup

BUCHAREST, Romania, – The U.S. collected three medals at the Irina Deleanu Cup this weekend in Bucharest, Romania including ribbon gold from Karrine Denisova of Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center. 

In the junior competition, Elzabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, finished sixth in the all-around with scores of 15.800, hoop; 13.900, ball; 13.150, clubs, and 13.550, ribbon. Her all-around total was 56.400. Denisova was seventh, totaling 56.150, and Shannon Xiao of Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, posted a 55.500 all-around total for eighth. Matylda Marszalek of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished 12th in the all-around. 

 

In the senior competition, Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./California Rhythms, earned a sixth place finish in the all-around with a 59.500.Budginas advanced to all four event finals, winning the bronze medal in the hoop final after she posted a score of 16.150. She also took fourth for ball, fifth for ribbon and eighth for clubs. 
Denisova scored 13.400 in the ribbon final to share the title with Bulgaria’s Elizabet Yovcheva. In the clubs final, Xiao earned a 14.200 to win the silver medal behind Romania’s Denisa Mailat. Kapitonova finished sixth in the hoop final and eighth in the ball final. 
 

03/28/2017

Deriugina Cup

At the Deriugina Cup, held in conjunction with the Kiev Grand Prix, Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./California Rhythms, won the silver medal in the senior all-around competition (55.900), behind Belarus’ Julia Evchik (64.050). Kazakhstan’s Diana Zvonaryova was third. 

In the junior competition, Elizabeth Kapitonva of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, finished in 11th in the all-around with a total score of 51.850. Anastasia Salos of Belarus won the title. Kapitonova qualified to three apparatus finals, earning fourth place for ribbon, sixth place for ball and eighth place for clubs.

Aug. 20, 2016

U.S. rhythmic group finishes 14th at Rio Olympic

RIO DE JANEIRO, – The U.S. rhythmic group finished 14th today during group rhythmic gymnastics qualifications at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Competition was held at the Rio Olympic Arena and marks the conclusion of USA Gymnastics’ participation in the Games. 

The U.S. group  is comprised of  Kiana Eide, Alisa Kano, Natalie McGiffert, Jennifer Rokhman (replacement athlete) , Monica Rokhman and Kristen Shaldybin and  is the first U.S. rhythmic group to qualify to the Games and just the second to participate (the U.S. had a rhythmic group at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta as the host country). 

July 22, 2016

Zeng & Group Advance to finals in Baku

BAKU, Azerbaijan, – Behind personal best scores, 2016 World Cup bronze medalist Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, and the U.S. rhythmic group advanced to the hoop,clubs and ribbon and five ribbon and six clubs, two hoops finals, respectively,  at the Baku (Azerbaijan) World Cup. Zeng and the group were selected in June to represent the United States at the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

In individual competition, Zeng posted an 18.350 for her ribbon routine to qualify to the final tied for sixth. In clubs, Zeng earned an 18.300 to advance to the final in fifth. Both scores are personal bests in international competition. In the all-around, Zeng’s 70.350 put her 11th. Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, who is the USA’s replacement athlete for the Rio Olympics in rhythmic gymnastics, posted scores of 17.300, ribbon, and 17.400 for clubs, where she is the second reserve for the final. Feeley finished 13th in the all-around, her best at a World Cup competition. 

The U.S. group, which consists of  Kiana Eide, Alisa Kano, Natalie McGiffert, Jennifer Rokhman, Monica Rokhman and Kristen Shaldybin, earned its best-ever World Cup score with a 17.100 in six clubs, two hoops. They advanced to the final in eighth place and also earned eighth in the all-around standings.

May 29, 2016

Sofia World Cup

SOFIA, Bulgaria, – Nastasya Generalova of Los Angeles, Calif/ California Rhythms, finished seventh in the clubs final at this weekend’s Sofia (Bulgaria) World Cup. Held at the Arena Armeec, Generalova finished 12th in the all-around, with Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./ Isadora, in 14th

In the all-around, Generalova’s 68.850 put her in 12th, and Lu’s total of 68.600 put her 14th. Generalova’s event scores were: 17.250, hoop; 17.450, ball; 17.500, clubs; and 16.650, ribbon. Lu’s event scores were: 17.250, hoop; 17.150, ball; 17.250, clubs; and 16.950, ribbon. Russia’s Yana Kudryavtseva won the title (75.750). Rizatdinova was next at 74.250, followed by Son with 74.200.. 


Aliya Protto of Los Angeles/California Rhythms, and Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Isadora, finished second and third in the all-around over the weekend at the Sofia (Bulgaria) International Tournament, held in conjunction with the World Cup. Ekatherina Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, placed fourth.

Protto earned the all-around silver medal with scores of 17.400, hoop; 16.850, ball; 16.200, clubs; and 16.900, ribbon, for a 67.350 total. Chan garnered bronze with scores of 16.600, hoop; 16.900, ball; 16.500, clubs; and 17.000, ribbon; for a 66.250 all-around total. Kapitonova’s scores were: 15.750, hoop; 16.600, ball; 16.450, clubs; 16.950, ribbon; for a 65.750 total. Russia’s Karina Kuznetsova placed first with a 68.850.

May 22, 2016

Minsk World Cup & Crystal Rose Cup Results

MINSK, Belarus - 2015 World all-around finalist and reigning U.S. champ Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, won two bronze medals today during the apparatus finals of the Minsk (Belarus) World Cup. The medals are the first for a U.S. competitor at the World Cup. The USA’s Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics was called up as reserve for the clubs final. She posted a 16.800 for eighth place.

 

In group competition, the USA finished eighth in both of the clubs/hoop final and the five ribbons final. They posted scores of 16.000, clubs/hoop, and 14.250, five ribbons. The members of the U.S. senior group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide , Alisa Kano,  Natalie McGiffert,  Monica Rokhman, Jennifer Rokhman and Kristen Shaldybin.

 

In the Crystal Rose Cup, which is being held in conjunction with the World Cup, juniors Shannon Xiao of Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, and Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, represented Team USA. Xiao tied for fifth in the rope final, with a 15.100, while Kapitonova was sixth with ball (14.400) and seventh with hoop (14.650). The duo also combined for a sixth-place finish in the team competition, which was won by Belarus.

March 27, 2016

U.S. Rhythmic Group finishes seventh in clubs/hoop final at Thiais Grand Prix

THIAIS, France,  – The U.S. Rhythmic Group advanced to the six clubs/two hoop final this weekend at the Thiais (France) Grand Prix. It was the first competition for the group since their historic run at the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, where became the first U.S. rhythmic group to earn qualification to the Olympic Games.

The members of the U.S. senior group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic
Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide, Alisa Kano, Natalie McGiffert, Monica Rokhman, Jennifer Rokhman and Kristen Shaldybin.

In the final, the group finished seventh among a field that included four of the countries that participated in the six clubs/two hoop final at last year’s Worlds. They scored 16.850. The group from Belarus took first place, earning a 17.900. Spain (17.850) was close behind in second, followed by Ukraine in third with a 17.800.

Feb. 23, 2016

Moscow Grand Prix and Alina Cup

Lili Mizuno of Brentwood, Calif./Community Youth Center, advanced to the finals in hoop and clubs at the 2016 Alina Cup in Moscow. Mizuno just missed the podium in the junior clubs final and finished fourth with a score of 15.400. Belarus’ Alina Harnasko took the gold medal with a 16.750, followed by Russia’s Alina Ermolova (16.500) and Israel’s Yuliana Telgina (15.633). In the hoop final, Mizuno was seventh, posting a 14.750. Ermolova posted the top score, a 16.400, followed by Israel’s Nikol Zelikman with a 16.166 and Harnakso, 16.100. Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, also competed in the junior competition. Kapitonova and Mizuno combined for a seventh place team finish. 

In the senior ranks, Ekaterina Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, finished seventh in the all-around standings with a total score of 64.899. Her individual scores were 15.666, hoop; 16.150, ball; 16.900, clubs; and 16.183, ribbon. Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics, competed hors concurs and earned an all-around total of 62.566. 


Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, participated in the Moscow Grand Prix, earning an all-around total of 64.716 with scores of 15.733, hoop; 16.400, ball; 16.100, clubs; and 16.483, ribbon.

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Sept. 12, 2015

U.S. Rhythmic Group qualifies to Olympic Games

 STUTTGART, Germany - The U.S. Rhythmic Group finished in 13th place in the all-around at the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships today in Stuttgart, Germany. The group earned a spot for Team USA to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as the highest-ranked group from the Americas. 

 

The members of the U.S. senior group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide, Alisa Kano, Natalie McGiffert, Monica Rokhman, Jennifer Rokhman and Kristen Shaldybin.

Sept. 11, 2015

Zeng qualifies Team USA to Olympic Games

STUTTGART, Germany - Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished in eighth place in the all-around final at the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships today in Stuttgart, Germany. By virtue of her top 15 finish, Zeng has qualified the U.S. to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her eighth place finish is the best finish for a U.S. gymnast at the World Championships in the all-around. 

Sept. 9, 2015

Zeng leads U.S. charge at Rhythmic Worlds

STUTTGART, Germany -  Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, continued her strong showing at the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships today in Stuttgart, Germany. Zeng is currently 11th in the all-around standings three of four events. 

Zeng posted her third straight score of 17.000 or better, as she earned a 17.300 for her ribbon routine. Her fast-paced routine included high tosses and intricate turning sequences and was the second highest scoring exercise of Group D. She is ranked 9th currently in the ribbon standings. Zeng has a 52.033 score in the all-around after three apparatus. The USA’s Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, made her debut at this year’s Worlds with a clean ribbon performance that scored a 16.700. Two-time World all-around finalist Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy, also performed today with the ribbon. She scored a 16.091 and has a 47.990 total in the all-around currently. 

Aug. 20, 2015

Zeng, Kerber headline U.S. Rhythmic World Team

INDIANAPOLIS - USA Gymnastics announced today the U.S. Team for the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for Sept. 7-13 in Stuttgart, Germany. The team will be led by Pan Am Games gold medalist Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and two-time World all-around finalist Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center. Joining Zeng and Kerber are Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, and Camilla Feeley of Deerfield, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center. 

In addition to the four individuals, the U.S. senior group will also represent Team USA at the World Championships. The members of the rhythmic gymnastics group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide, Alisa Kano, Natalie McGiffert, Monica Rokhman, Jennifer Rokhman and Kristen Shaldybin.

August 9, 2015

MTK Cup International Competition

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - US National Team Members competed at the Budapest International Senior Tournament last weekend. Camilla Feely of Lincolnshire, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished sixth in the all around with a score of 67.450, Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, finished ninth in the overall standings with ani 66.950 , and Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics scored 61.700 in the all-around for 19th.

Heather Chan of South Pasadena,Calif./Isadora competed out of competition she earned an all-around total score of 65.900.

July 20, 2015

2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto

TORONTO, Ont., Canada, – 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, completed a sweep of the rhythmic gymnastics gold medals today at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Zeng won her fourth and fifth gold medals in the clubs and ribbon finals, respectively. Two-time World all-around finalist Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, won her fourth silver medal of the Games and her fifth medal overall She picked up the bronze for clubs and silver for ribbon. The U.S. rhythmic group won the USA’s first gold medal in group rhythmic gymnastics at the Pan Ams when they won the six clubs/two hoops final. The group received the silver in the All Around and ribbon final.

May 20, 2015

USA wins five medals at Holon Grand Prix

HOLON, Israel,  – Led by junior all-around bronze medalist Nastasya Generalova of Los Angeles/California Rhythms, the U.S. picked up five medals at last weekend’s Holon Grand Prix in Holon, Israel. 

Generalova and Ekatherina Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, combined for the team bronze medal. In the all-around competition, which determined the team, all-around, and individual event medalists, Generalova posted scores of 15.600, rope; 15.683, hoop; 15.683, ball; and 14.400, clubs, for a 61.366 total. She finished fifth in the overall standings, but won the bronze medal due to the one per country rule. Generalova’s scores earned her the bronze medals for rope, hoop and ball. 

Kapitonova was seventh in the overall standings with a 60.299. She earned scores of 15.233, rope; 15.233, hoop; 14.833, ball; and 15.000, clubs. 

In the senior grand prix competition, the USA’s Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms, posted a 63.450 in the all-around standings after posting scores of 16.500, hoop; 14.217, ball; 16.183, clubs, and 16.550, ribbon. 

The U.S. also entered Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Isadora, and Gabrielle Lowenstein of Huntington Beach, Calif./Eurogymnastics, in the senior tournament, held in conjunction with the Holon Grand Prix. Chan finished sixth in the all-around standings with a 62.666. Lowenstein, due to a one per country limitation, competed hors concours, and earned a 62.484 in the all-around.

May 1, 2015

National Champion Rebecca Sereda Retires

USA Gymnastics - Wishing six-time U.S. rhythmic champion (including the last three senior titles in a row) Rebecca Sereda all the best after she announced her retirement from the sport yesterday due to a nagging back injury. We thank you for your passion and all you've done for USA Gymnastics.

 

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April 13, 2015

Zeng finishes seventh in ribbon at Pesaro World Cup

PESARO, Italy, – 2014 Youth Olympic Games all-around bronze medalist Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished seventh in the ribbon final this weekend at the 2015 Pesaro World Cup in Pesaro, Italy. 

Zeng posted a 16.950 for seventh in a competitive final that featured Russia’s Yana Kudryavtseva, Ukraine’s Ganna Rizatdinova, and Belarus’ Melitina Staniouta, who finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in ribbon at last year’s World Championships. Zeng is competing in her first season as a senior athlete. 

In the all-around competition, Zeng finished 11th, posting scores of 17.000 or better on every apparatus. Her individual event scores were: 17.000, hoop; 17.050, ball; 17.150, clubs; and 17.200, ribbon. 

The U.S. senior group finished 16th in the all-around standings with a 29.350 total. Members of the senior rhythmic group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill.; Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill.; Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill.; Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago. 

Two-time World all-around finalist Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, was scheduled to compete but withdraw due to illness. 

The U.S.’s Camila Feeley of Lincolnshire, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, participated in the Senior International Tournament held in conjunction with the World Cup in Pesaro. Feeley tied for third in hoop (17.050). Lu won the bronze in ribbon (17.300) and finished tied for fourth in ball, posting a 16.500. The duo combined for sixth in the team standings.

April 9, 2015

U.S. claims rhythmic medals in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania,  – Nastasya Generalova of Los Angeles/California Rhythms, and Ekatherina Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, combined for four medals over the weekend at the Bucharest Junior International Tournament. 


Generalova finished third in the all-around with a 58.500, just ahead of teammate Kapitonova, 58.450. Generalova also finished second in clubs, 15.000, and third in hoop, 15.100. Kapitonova grabbed the rope bronze with a 14.650. 

In the Senior World Cup competition, Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, finished 12th in an competitive field that included the reigning World Champion, Yana Kudryavtseva of Russia. She earned scores of 16.750, hoop; 16.850, ball; 17.000, clubs; and 16.250, ribbon; for an all-around total of 66.850. Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms, finished 22nd, posting a 63.200. 

The U.S. also had athletes participating in the Senior International Tournament in Bucharest. Camilla Feeley of Lincolnshire, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished sixth with an all-around total of 62.950. Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics, scored 58.650 in the all-around for 10th.

March 23, 2015

Lu wins 5 medals in Calais

 CALAIS, France, – Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, picked up five medals at the International Tournament of Pas de Calais this weekend in Calais, France. Lu won the silver medal for clubs, and finished third in the all-around, ribbon, ball and hoop. 


In the all-around competition, Lu posted scores of 16.400, hoops; 16.100, ball; 15.900; clubs, 15.250; ribbon, to finish with a 63.650 and share of the bronze medal. 

During the apparatus finals, Lu competed on all four events. She won the silver medal in clubs with a 16.150. She finished third in  the ribbon (16.050-tie), ball (15.900) and hoop (16.400).

 

March 23, 2015

U.S. senior rhythmic group advanced to finals in Thiais

THIAIS, France – The senior U.S. rhythmic gymnastics group competed in both the five ribbons and six clubs-two hoops finals at the 2015 Thiais Grand Prix this past weekend in Thiais, France. The group finished fifth in six clubs-two hoops and sixth in five ribbons. The USA’s Aliya Proto of Culver City, Calif./ California Rhythms, competed in the individual competition and finished 20th. 

Members of the senior rhythmic group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill.; Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill.; Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill.; Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago. 

The group posted scores of 15.567, six clubs-two hoops, and 14.600, five ribbons.



Feb. 22, 2015

USA Earns 10 Medals At Miss Valentine Tournament

The USA garnered 10 medals, including two gold, at the Miss Valentine Tournament this weekend in Tartu, Estonia. Five U.S. National Team members competed in the International Gymnastics Federation competition, as well as four gymnasts in the age-group competition (for gymnasts “2003”).

Nicole Kaloyanov of Woodbridge, Va./Gymnastics World, and Ekatherina Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, finished fourth and fifth in the FIG junior tournament behind Zhala Piriyeva of Azerbaijan, Alina Mustafina of Russia and Yulia Isachanka of Belarus. Both gymnasts qualified into all 4 event finals, where Kaloyanov earned the silver medals in: rope, 14.200, finishing behind Belarus’ Yuljya Isachanka; ball, 14.350, second to Piriyeva (15.050); and clubs, 15.050, again following Piriyeva (15.900). Kaloyanov was fourth for hoop, with her 14.000 just missing the podium, and in the all-around (55.550). Piriyeva also won the hoop and all-around titles. Ekaterina Kapitonova finished seventh in the rope finals (12.250), sixth in hoop (13.85), fourth in ball (14.00), and ninth in clubs (13.05).

Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics, competed in the Invitational event in her first competition as a senior and won the gold medal in hoop (13.717) and ball (14.450) and the silver in ribbon (13.133).

Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill., and Camilla Feeley of Lincolnshire, Ill., both of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, also competed in the Miss Valentine Senior FIG competition. Kerber was sixth in the all-around, followed by Feeley in 10th. Kerber finished fourth in hoop (16.550), fifth in clubs (16.300) and eighth in ball (14.500). Feely was seventh in hoop (15.400) and fifth in ball (14.8).

In the age-group invitational, Elizaveta Kapitonova (Isadora) earned the silver medal in rope (12.983) and Shannon Xiao (Gymnastics World) took the bronze in rope (12.567). In hoop, Xiao won the silver medal (12.883), with Matilda Marzsylk (North Shore Rhythmics) in fifth (11.833 ) and Rebecca Tang (Isadora, ninth (11.133). In ball, Marzsylk earned the bronze medal (12.017) and Tang was fifth (11.783). Kapitonova (12.533) and Xiao (11.967) finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in clubs.

Sept. 27, 2014

USA Senior Rhythmic Group Qualifies for 2015 World Championships

IZMIR, Turkey, — The USA’s rhythmic gymnastics group finished in 14th place in the group all-around finals at the 2014 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Izmir, Turkey. 

By finishing in the top 24, the USA’s group qualified to compete in the 2015 World Championships, which is the first of two opportunities to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. It is the best finish for a U.S. group since 2002 where they placed 13th.

Earning a two-event total of 30.683, the U.S. group consists of Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill., Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill., Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill., Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago, Ill., all of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center. The USA started with its 3 balls/2 ribbons routine, marked with original choreography, to earn a 15.050. The group performed a strong in its 5 clubs routine, earning a 15.633.

Sept. 25, 2014

U.S. Concludes Individual Qualification At Rhythmic Worlds

ZMIR, Turkey, — Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, completed their qualification competition for the United States at the 2014 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Izmir, Turkey. 

Sereda showed great control with the clubs during her routine set to tango music. She concluded her qualification competition with a 15.966, her highest score in Izmir. Kerber once again showed her trademark elegance and control through a lively clubs routine. She posted a 16.441.

 

Kerber is qualified to finals in 19th place in the all-around, Sereda finished in 34th place. The top 24 advance to the all-around final, based on their top three event scores with no more than two per country advancing.

TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2014

USA Strikes Gold At Pan Am Championships

Team USA won the gold medal at 2014 Pan American Championships, in Toronto, Ont., Canada. The U.S. team posted a 160.933, ahead of Brazil at 150.466, and Mexico at 147.667. The U.S. group earned the all-around silver.

.In the individual all-around, Kerber posted a 66.149 for first place, while Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, was second at 63.784. Brazil’s Angelica Kvieczynski was third with 62.900.

The senior group, consisting of Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill., Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill., Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill., Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago, Ill., all of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, posted a 15.467 in 10 clubs and a 14.600 in three balls and two ribbons. They earned a 30.067 total for the silver, behind Brazil (32.133).

July 27, 2014

U.S. takes three golds in rhythmic gymnastics

 

Rhythmic Gymnastics finished in the Pan American Sports Festival, held in the facilities of the Sports Complex Gymnasium Lopez Mateos, Guadalajara, Jalisco,  with the apparatus finals, where the gymnast Ronit Shamuilov, U.S., won three of the four events.

The young American won the gold medal in the events of Ball, Clubs and Ribbon  while Lina Dussan, of Colombia, took the gold medal in the Hoop.

June 16, 2014

Budignas, Lowenstein, Lu find success at recent international tournaments

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    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., — U.S. Rhythmic National Team members Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics, Gabrielle Lowenstein of uHuntington Beach, Calif./Eurogymnastics, and Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, enjoyed international success over the last couple of months, bringing home five medals from three tournaments.

  • Budginas competed in two international tournaments, winning two medals in the process. At the 2014 AmsterdaMMasters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, she won the silver medal in the junior all-around with a score of 56.200. She also tied for the bronze medal in ball at the 2014 Kalamata (Greece) Cup.

  • Lowenstein finished third in both ball (15.700) and clubs (15.400) at the AmsterdaMMasters. Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Platinum Gymnastics Academy, just missed a medal in ball, finishing in fourth with 15.450.

  • Lu traveled to Bucarest, Romania for the 2014 Irina Deleanu Cup, where she earned two senior bronze medals, ball (15.350, tie) and clubs (16.200).

   

 

May 11, 2014

Zeng Sweeps Event Final Golds At 2014 Junior Pan Am Championships

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.,  – Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, continued her gold medal sweep by winning the title for all four individual rhythmic gymnastics event finals at the 2014 the Junior Pan American Championships at the Daytona Beach (Fla.) Ocean Center. Nicole Kaloyanov of Woodbridge, Va./Gymnastics World, and Camilla Feeley of Lincolnshire, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, split the silver medals. The U.S. Junior Group nabbed both the five hoops and 10 clubs gold medals.

The members of the U.S. Junior Rhythmic Team are: Yelyzaveta Merenzon of Buffalo Grove, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Elina Nikerina of Deerfield, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Sophia Popova of Minneapolis, Minn./Twin Cities Rhythmic; Emily Rakhnyansky of Brooklyn, N.Y./MatchPoint; Nicole Sladkov of Vernon Hills, Ill./M & N Rhythmic Academy; and Nicky Wojtana of Plano, Texas/Texas Rhythmic Academy.

May 10, 2014

USA Wins Trampoline, Rhythmic All-Around Titles At 2014 Junior Pan Am Championships

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.,  – The United States qualified for a berth to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in men’s and women’s trampoline and individual rhythmic gymnastics, based on the results at the 2014 the Junior Pan American Championships at the Daytona Beach (Fla.) Ocean Center. For individual rhythmic gymnastics, Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, the reigning U.S. junior rhythmic gymnastics all-around champion, easily won the all-around crown with her 60.650 to secure the USA’s berth to the Youth Olympic Games.Nicole Kaloyanov of Woodbridge, Va./Gymnastics World, was second in the all-around Camilla Feeley of Lincolnshire, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, had the third best all-around score in the all-around, however due to international rhythmic rules, only two per country are eligible for all-around medals.

The USA also won the team competition, with a total of 146.550.  Mexico was second at 130.650, followed by Canada with 125.000.

Canada won the group rhythmic gymnastics with a 26.950 two-event total.  Brazil was second at 25.050, with the USA in third at 23.250.   
 The members of the U.S. Junior Rhythmic Team are:  Yelyzaveta Merenzon of Buffalo Grove, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Elina Nikerina of Deerfield, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Sophia Popova of Minneapolis, Minn./Twin Cities Rhythmic; Emily Rakhnyansky of Brooklyn, N.Y./MatchPoint; Nicole Sladkov of Vernon Hills, Ill./M & N Rhythmic Academy; and Nicky Wojtana of Plano, Texas/Texas Rhythmic Academy.

 

May 11, 2014

2014 Stars and Stipes Cup Wraps Up

The Stars and Stripes Cup concluded today with the final sessions of the rhythmic competition.

Session D: Katrine Mezheritsky of Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles, won the all-around , floor exercise , rope,  hoop and ball titles. Jessica Morgan of Grace Rhythmics, was second for hoop, third in ribbon and second in the all-around.  Arusik Khachatryan of  Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles, was second in ribbon, as well as third in the all-around. Session E: Baifan Zhou of North East Rhythmics, took top honors in the all-around as well as the  ball  and ribbon titles. Alondra Mendez finished second in the all-around and ball event . Ashley Devlin of New England Sports Academy , was first in floor, third in ribbon and  finished in third place in the all-around 

May 10, 2014

Third day Results

Session B. Helena Pavlovcic of LA Ritmica, won the all-around , floor exercise , rope,  hoop and ball titles. Nicole Berkovich of Libert Academy, was second for hoop and ribbon, third in floor and second in the all-around. Juliet Jiang of  New England Sports Academy, was second in floor, as well as third in the all-aroundSession  C: Arina Gavrilenko of Middlesex Gymnastics Academy and Ugne Naujokaite of Liberty Academy took top honors in the all-around.  Arina won the floor and ball titles. Ugne Naujokaite of Liberty Academy, finished second in the  floor exercise, first  in hoop and ribbon and third in ball .Annabel Ng or Emerald City Rhythmics, was, second in ball, third in floor and hoop and  finished in third place in the all-around 

May 9, 2014

Second Day Results

Session E. Vanessa Yu of North East Rhythmics, won the all-around , floor exercise , rope, hoop and ball titles. Jessica Tian of North East Rhythmics, was third for rope and  ball and second in the all-around . Cheyenne Alarcon of  Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles, was second in floor and third for floor and for hoop, as well as third in the all-around. Session 6 A: Alina Franz of Prima Rhythmic., took top honors in the all-around as well as the floor and ribbon titlesNaomi Skotnikov, finished second in the all-around third in floor and ball and first in hoop.Allison Tan or Emerald City Rhythmics, was the ball champion, second in hoop and ribbon and   finished in third place in the all-around 

May 8, 2014

Rhythmic gymnastics completes first day at 2014 Stars & Stripes Cup

Session A. Isabella Pappas of Canton, Mass./New England Sports Academy, won the all-around , floor exercise , rope  and ball titles. Michelle Aboukhaled of Duluth, Ga./Prima Rhythmics, was second in the all-around. Ciel Arzandlyan of Van Nuys, Calif./ Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles, was first for hoop, as well as third in the all-around. Session B: Sofiya Dzemidavets of Rochelle Park, N.J./Liberty Academy, took top honors in the all-around as welll as the hoop. Christina Eldamaa of Westwood, Mass./New England Sports Academy, finished second in the all-around . Annaliese Dragan of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Irene School of Rhythmic Gymnastics, was the floor champion and finished in third place in the all-around . The other two event champions were Rowan Smark of Danville, Calif./Diana’s Rhythmics, for rope and Isabel Tang of San Diego, Calif./San Diego Rhythms for ball· Session C. Ekaterina Poliakova of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla./IK School of Gymnastics, dominated the session’s competition, winning the all-around and all four event titles: floor,  Hannah Lai of Needham, Mass./Rhythmic Dreams, was second in the all-around, and Vianna Ngo of San Diego, Calif./San Diego Rhythms, was third .· Session D. Isabelle Richardson of Las Vegas, Nev./Eurogymnastics, captured three gold medals: all-around , rope, hoop and ball. Alina Shkurikhina of Shrewsbury, Mass./Fitness Elite Training Center, was the silver medalist and Rebecca Shi of Westwood, Mass./New England Sports Academy, took third. Elizabeth Birov of Valencia, Calif./Grace Rhythmics, earned the floor title.

April 12, 2014

USA Wins Six Rhythmic Gymnastics Event Titles At 2014 Pac Rim Championships

RICHMOND, B.C., Canada,  – The USA won 16 medals, including six gold, in the rhythmic gymnastics at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond (B.C., Canada) Olympic Oval. The event gold medalists are: Ekatherina Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora (hoop, ball, ribbon); Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms (hoop); Cindy Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora (ball); and Nastasya Generalova of Los Angeles, Calif./California Rhythms (clubs). For the entire rhythmic competition, the USA won 24 medals (seven gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze).

 

“The consistency and quality of the team performance over three days of competition is a credit to the athletes and coaches working hard and working together,” said Caroline Hunt, USA Gymnastics director of rhythmic gymnastics. “We are very proud of our gymnasts and for representing our country at this level."

April 11, 2014

USA Wins Team Title In Rhythmic Gymnastics At 2014 Pac Rim Championships

RICHMOND, B.C., Canada,  – The USA won the team title at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond (B.C., Canada) Olympic Oval. Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms, and Cindy Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, captured the silver and bronze medals in the senior all-around, with Nastasya Generalova of Los Angeles, Calif./California Rhythms, and Ekatherina Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, finishing second and third in the junior all-around.

 

All six U.S. gymnasts advanced to the event finals on Saturday morning: Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms, hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon; Cindy Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, ball, clubs, ribbon; Valeriya Sharipova of Livingston, N.J./Independent, hoop; Nastasya Generalova of Los Angeles, Calif./California Rhythms, ball, clubs, ribbon; Ekatherina Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, hoop, ball, ribbon; and Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Platinum Gymnastics Academy, hoop and clubs

April 10, 2014

U.S. Junior Rhythmic Group Wins Three Medals At 2014 Pac Rim Championships

 

RICHMOND, B.C., Canada,  – The U.S. Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Group won the silver all-around and 10 clubs medals, along with the five hoop bronze, at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond (B.C., Canada) Olympic Oval. Competition.  

 

The members of the U.S. Junior Group are: Yelyzaveta Merenzon of Buffalo Grove, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Elina Nikerina of Deerfield, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Sophia Popova of Minneapolis, Minn./Twin Cities Rhythmic; Emily Rakhnyansky of Brooklyn, N.Y./MatchPoint; Nicole Sladkov of Vernon Hills, Ill./M & N Rhythmic Academy; and Nicky Wojtana of Plano, Texas/Texas Rhythmic Academy.

March 22-23.2014

U.S. Rhythmic group finishes eighth at GAZPROM World Cup

 

STUTTGART, Germany, March 23, 2014 – The USA's rhythmic gymnastics group finished eighth in the 10 clubs final at the 2014 GAZPROM World Cup, held at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.

 

The members of the senior group, which finished ninth in the all-around yesterday, are: Sharon Dassouli, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Kiana Eide, St. Francis, Minn./Twin Cities Rhythmic; Alisa Kano, New York, N.Y./Isadora; Natalie McGiffert, Los Angeles, Calif./Platinum Gymnastics Academy; Jennifer Rohkman, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; and Monica Rohkman, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center. 

February 22-23, 2014

Lu Wins Bronze At KFK Gracia Cup In Budapest

 

BUDAPEST, Hungary,  – Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, claimed the bronze medal in clubs at the 2014 KFK Gracia Cup, held Feb. 22-23 in Budapest, Hungary. Lu finished ninth in the all-around, while the United States' Gabrielle Lowenstein of Huntington Beach, Calif./Eurogymnastics, finished 14th.In the all around.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Group rhythmic gymnastics take center stage at 2013 World Rhythmic Championships

 

The USA's group rhythmic gymnastics competed in the general group competition, which serves as the all-around final and the qualification round for the two event finals, today at the 2013 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, at Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.

 

The group representing the United States posted scores of 15.600, 10 clubs, and 14.316, three balls/two ribbons, for a combined all-around total of 29.916 and 14th place.

Thursday, August 29,2013

Kerber, Sereda advance to all-around finals at 2013 World Rhythmic Championships

 

Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, both advanced to the all-around finals at the 2013 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, at Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. Based on available records, this is the first time the USA has qualified two gymnasts to the all-around finals at the World Championships.

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Ashley Wang 3rd AA - (RD) 8B

Mia Bukatar 5th AA - (ISA) 8B

Gemma Gow 1st AA - (RD) 8C

 

Amy Shneyderman 5th AA - (ISA) 9A

Gabby Fuki 6th AA - (ISA) 9A

Jodie Liang 6th - (ISA) 9B

Jessica Tian 2nd AA - (NOR) 9S

Baifan Zhou 5th AA - (NOR) 9S

Asca Akiyama 6th AA - (ISA) 9S

Regional Teams Rankings

Level 7 - 3rd PLACE TEAM

Level 8 - 1st PLACE TEAM

Level 9 - 4th PLACE TEAM

Groups

Beginner Group:

RSGA Ruby Stars - 3rd AA

Intermediate Group: 

MGRA Intermediate - 2nd AA 

 

Advanced Group: 

RSGA Rhythmic Stars - 1st AA

Rhythmic Dreams - 2nd AA

North East Rhythmics - 3rd AA

2018 National Teams

Future Stars

Deven Tam (RD)

Louisa Konnik (DRG)

Sarah Zhang (MGR)

Ariana Akatev (DRG)

Julia Kitter  (DRG)

Caterina Miotto (NER)

Young Squad

Kyra Sidon (ISA)

Anna Tang (NER)

Chloe Gorohovsky (ISA)

Squad

Jessica Kim (RD)

Kaylee Forest (ERG)

Chloe Lee (RD)

Milana Abayeva (ISA)

Kyra Sidon (ERG)

Elite Squad

Mya Tam (RD)

Emma Bukatar (ERG)

Ava Khlopin (ISA)

Violetta Trushcheva (ISA

Alexandra Daryaeva (MAT)

Camiah Kuno (ERG)

Mia Bukatar (ERG)

Ksenia Pototski (MAT)

Maya Weinstein (ISA)

Zoe Anderson (RD)

Jodie Liang (ERG)

National Elite Squad

Gemma Gow (RD)

2017 National Team Members

Elizabeth Kapitonova - JR National Team

Ekatherina Kapitonova - SR National Team

Serena Lu - SR National Team

 

2017 FIG Elite:   

Hopes:  Isabella Pappas (RSGA)

               Mya Tam (RD)

Juniors: Julia Naishuler (ISA)

              Rebecca Tang (ISA)  

Seniors: Erica Wu (RSGA)

 

2017 Level 10 Qualifiers

Juniors: Taya Podvorchan (ISA)​

Seniors: Jennifer Ayzman (ISA)

                Sherry Jiang (ISA)

 

2017 Junior Olympic Medalists

Gemma Gow 1st AA - (RD)  7A

Sophia Furer 3rd AA - (ISA)  7B

Maya Weinstein 4th AA - (ISA) 7B

Allison Lucks 5th AA - (ISA)  7B

Loraine Perez 6th AA - (RSGA)  7B

Erika Torok 6th AA - (RSGA)  7C

Liza Odikadze 2nd AA - (RD)  8A

Jodie Liang 6th AA - (ISA)  8B

Jessica Tian 1st AA - (NER)   8C

Claire Kuno 6th AA - (ISA)  8C

Lisa Gerasimova 2nd AA - (ISA) 9HP

Sherry Jiang 1st AA - (ISA)  9SR

 

Regional Teams Rankings

Level 7 - 1st

Level 8 - 2nd

Level 9 - 4th

Groups

Intermediate Group:

RSGA Ruby Stars - 1st AA

RHD Blue Group - 2nd AA

RHD Red Group - 3rd AA

Advanced Group: 

RSGA Rhythmic Stars - 1st AA

RHD Advanced - 2nd AA

FIG SR Group:

Rhythmic Dreams - 2nd AA

2017 National Teams

Future Stars

Chloe Lee (Rhythmic Dreams)

Isabella Lee (MG Rhythmic)

Young Squad

Melissa Ploshchadina: Isadora

Kyra Sidon: Isadora

Violetta Truscheva: Isadora

 

Development Squad

Kaylee Forest: Isadora

Alexandra Daryaeva: Matchpoint

Jodie Liang: Isadora

Ksenia Pototski: Matchpoint

Emma Bukatar: Isadora

Alexa Krayzelburg: Isadora

Zoe Anderson: Rhythmic Dreams

 

Elite Squad

Elizabeth Kapitonova: Isadora

Isabella Pappas: Rhythmic Stars

Gemma Gow: Rhythmic Dreams

Julia Naishuler: Isadora

Mya Tam: Rhythmic Dreams

2016 US National Team Members

 

Elizabeth Kapitonova - Junior National Team

Ekatherina Kapitonova - Sennior National Team

Serena Lu - Senior National Team

Alisa Kano - Senior Rhythmic Group National Team

Kristen Shaldybin - Senior Rhythmic Group National Team

 

 

2016 FIG Elite

Heather Chan

 

2016 Junior Olympics Medalists

LizaOdikadze -2nd AA (7A)

Sophia Jiang  - 5th AA (7A)

Dominika Shkoruta  - 6thAA (7B)

Claire Kuno - 3rd AA (7C)

Jessica Tian -  3rdAA (7D)

Lisa Gerasimova-  1st AA (8B)

Amy Shneyderman -  6th AA (8C)

Baifan Zhou -  1st AA (8D)

Anissa Sroka  -  2nd AA (8D)

Asca Akiyama -  4th AA (8D)

 

Groups

Fitness Elite  Beginner- 2nd

NESA Ruby Stars - 2nd

Rhythmic Dreams Advanced - 1st

Fitness Elite Advanced - 2nd

NESA Rhythmic Stars - 3rd

 

Regional Teams Rankings

Level 7 - 3rd

Level 8 - 2nd

Level 9 - 4th

 

 

2016 National Teams

 

Future Stars

Zoe Anderson (Rhythmic Dreams)

Camiah Kuno (Isadora)

Claire Kuno (Isadora)

Rachel Rakushkin (Fitness Elite)

Svetlana Russell (Isadora)

Ashley Wang (Rhythmic Dreams)

Young Squad

Yelena Klimashova (Fitness Elite)

Kseniya Potoski (Matchpoint)

Emma Bukatar (Isadora)

Violetta Trushcheva (Isadora)

Development Squad

Kaylee Forest (Isadora)

Lola Perez (NESA)

Alexandra Daryaeva (Matchpoint)

Michelle Nemoy (Isadora)

Mia Bukatar (Isadora)

Frances Kestel (Isadora)

LizaOdikadze (Rhythmic Dreams)

Liza Gerasimova (Isadora)

Gemma Gow (Rhythmic Dreams)

Elite Squad

Elizabeth Kapitonova (Isadora)

Rebecca Tang (Isadora)

Isabella Pappas (NESA)

Gabriella Fuki (Isadora)

Emily Wilson (Matchpoint)

Jodie Liang (Isadora)

 

2015 US National Team Members

 

Ekatherina Kapitonova - Junior National Team

Heather Chan - Senior National Team

Serena Lu - Senior National Team

Alisa Kano - Senior Rhythmic Group National Team

Kristen Shaldybin - Senior Rhythmic Group National Team

 

 

2015 FIG Elite

Elizabeth Kapitonova

Hannah Walter

 

2015 Junior Olympics Medalists

Anissa Sroka -4th AA (7A)

Baifan Zhou  - 6th AA (7A)

Juliet Jang  - 3rd AA (7B)

Polina Mosharova  - 7th AA (7C)

Karyna Mayasova -  8th AA (7C)

 

Julia Naishuler -  8th AA (8A)

Keiko Mitsui -  1st AA (8B)

Vanessa Wong -  4th AA (8B)

Emily Wilson -  4th AA (8C)

Samantha Lee -  4th AA (8D)

Sherry Jiang -  6th AA (8D)

 

 

 

Groups

Intermediate group: New England Sports Academy - 1st

 

Regional Teams Rankings

Level 7 - 4th

Level 8 - 3rd

Level 9 - 3rd

 

 

2015  National Teams

 

Future Stars

Julia Naishuler (Isadora)

Camiah Kuno (Isadora)

Mya Tam (Rhythmic Dreams)

Agnessa Safovich (Matchpoint)

 

 

Development Squad

Alexa Krazelberg (Matchpoint)

Alexandra Darayeva (Matchpoint)

Jodie Liang (Isadora)

Kaylee Forest (Isadora)

Frances Kestel (Isadora)

Michelle Nemoy (Isadora)

Nicole Yatskar (MatchPoint)

 

 

Elite Squad

Elizabeth Kapitonova (Isadora)

Rebecca Tang (Isadora)

Isabella Papas (NESA)

Gabriella Fuki (Isadora)

Emily Wilson (Matchpoint)

Ekatherina Kapitonova (Isaodora)

 

2014 US National Team Members

Ekatherina Kapitonova - Junior National Team

Cindy Lu - Senior National Team

Serena Lu - Senior National Team

Rebecca Sereda - Senior National Team

Ronit Shamuilov - Senior National Team

Alisa Kano - Senior Rhythmic Group National Team

Kristen Shaldybin - Senior Rhythmic Group National Team

 

 

2014 FIG Elite

Nikita Tang

Hannah Walter

 

2014 Junior Olympics Medalists

 

Samantha Lee - 3rd  (7A)

Emily Wilson - 6th  (7B)

Gabrielle Fuki - 8th (7B)

Keiko Mitsui - 2nd (7C)

Nicole Yatskar - 3rd (7C)

Angie Zhu - 4th (7C)

Vanessa Wong - 7th (7C)

Jasmine Wong - 1st (7D)

Julia Naishuler - 4th (7D)

 

Elizabeth Kapitonova - 1st (8A)

Rebecca Tang - 3rd (8A)

Anya Gavronsky - 7th (8B)

Rheya Shano - 1st (8C)

Ani Akopian - 2nd (8C)

Karen Xu - 6th (8C)

Amanda Wang - 2nd (8D)

Taya Podvorchan - 7th (8D)

 

 

Groups

Beginner group: New England Sports Academy - 1st
Intermediate group: New England Sports Academy - 1st

 

Regional Teams Rankings

Level 7 - 1st

Level 8 - 1st

Level 9 - 3rd

 

 

2014  National Teams

 

Future Stars

Julia Naishuler (Isadora)

Sofia Orman (Matchpoint)

Alexa Krayzelburg (Matchpoint)

Rachel Rakushkin (Fitness Elite)

Lisa Gerasimova (Isadora)

 

 

 

Development Squad

Isabella Pappas (NESA)

Gabby Fuki (Isadora)

Amanda Wang (Rhythmic Dreams)

Emily Wilson (Aviator)

Ivanna Druzhinsky (Aviator)

 

 

 

Elite Squad

Ekatherina Kapitonova (Isadora)

Nikita Tang (Isadora)

Yekaterina Ronin (Aviator)

Elizabeth Kapitonova (Isadora)

Rebecca Tang (Isadora)

2013 US National Team Members

Serena Lu - Junior National Team

Cindy Lu - Senior National Team

Rebecca Sereda - Senior National Team

Kristen Shaldybin - Senior National Team

Emily Rakhnyansky - Junior Rhythmic Group National Team

Allyson Roytburg - Junior Rhythmic Group National Team

Alisa Kano - Senior Rhythmic Group National Team

 

 

 

2013 FIG Elite

Ekaterina Kapitonova

Hannah Walter

  

2013 Junior Olympics Medalists

 

Rebecca Tang - 1st (7A)

Elizabeth Kapitonova - 4th (7A)

Amanda Wang - 6th (7B)

Rheya Shano - 1st (7C)

Ani Akopian - 2nd (7C)

Dasha Kosack - 3rd (7C)

Karen Xu - 6th (7C)

Rachel Gu - 7th (7D)

 

Jennifer Ayzman - 3rd (8A)

Anna Grant - 7th (8B)

Margaret Zhao - 7th (8C)

 

Groups

 

Rhythmic Stars - 1st (Beg)

Shining Stars - 2nd (Beg)

Fitness Elite - 3rd (Beg)

 

Isadora - 1st (Adv)

 

Regional Team Rankings

 

Level 7 - 1st

Level 8 - 5th

Level 9 -2nd

 

2013  National Teams

 

Future Stars

Julia Naishuler (Isadora)

Jasmine Wong (Rhythmic Dreams)

Amy Kaluzhny (Rhythmic Dreams)

Karen Xu (Rhythmic Dreams)

Karen Chen (Rhythmic Dreams)

Alison Goldstein (Aviator)

Lisa Gerasimova (Isadora)

Sofia Orman (Aviator)

 

 

2013 Youth Elite Pre Squad

Rebecca Tang (Isadora)

Emily Wilson (Aviator)

Ivanna Druzhinsky (Aviator)

Amanda Wang (Rhythmic Dreams)

Christina Charney (Dynamic RG)

Rheya Shano (NESA)

Erica Wu (NESA)

Jennifer Ayzman (Isadora)

Elizabeth Kapitonova (Isadora)

Anna Grant (NESA)

 

Youth Elite Squad

Serena Lu (Isadora)

Ekatherina Kapitonova (Isadora)

Nikita Tang (Isadora)

Yekaterina Ronin (Aviator)

 

 

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