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The U.S. junior delegation collected four medals, two gold, Friday afternoon at Pan Ams in Guadalajara. In senior competition, the Americans started off strong in qualifications.
Rin Keys (Porter Ranch, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics) led junior performances, claiming all-around gold with a 121.850 ahead of teammate Megan Chu (San Diego, Calif./Pacific Stars Rhythmic Academy) in second with a 114.850 and bronze-medalist Amanda Bosch (110.050) of host-country Mexico. The junior trio of Keys, Chu and Erika Rusak (Auburn, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics) secured junior team gold (294.300) after combining their best 10 scores of 12 from the competition. The team from Mexico was second (262.050) and Brazil third (259.200).
The North Shore Rhythmic group of Goda Balsys (Northbrook, Ill.), Annabella Hantov (Northfield, Ill.), Kristina Lee (Woodridge, Ill.), Greta Pavilonyte (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) and Alaini Spata (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) earned all-around silver with a combined 51.050. Brazil’s junior group placed first with a 53.300 and the Mexican group was third with a 43.250. After placing second in both five ropes (24.250) and five balls (26.800), the group will advance to Saturday’s finals.
Due to the two-per country rule, Rusak did not medal in all-around competition despite posting the third-highest score of the night (112.900). She qualified to Saturday’s apparatus finals on hoop along with Keys, while Keys and Chu each moved onto the ball, clubs and ribbon finals. Keys was first on clubs (29.700) and ribbon (30.300), with Chu second (28.200, 28.700) and Rusak third (27.800, 27.500).
In senior competition, Evita Griskenas (Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center) and Alexandria Kautzman (Simi Valley, Calif./California Rhythms) are ranked fourth (61.500) and seventh (56.750), respectively, in the all-around after Friday’s qualifying round. Brazilian athletes Barbara Godoy and Geovanna Santos currently sit first (64.600) and second (63.450), and Mexico’s Maria Malpica third (61.650). Griskenas will advance to the hoop and ball finals after landing fourth in qualifying on both with scores of 31.400 and 30.100. Kautzman to join her in the ball final after finishing second in qualifying with a 31.400. Kautzman scored a 25.350 in hoop qualifications.
The Senior National Group sits third in the all-around and five hoops following their performance on Friday. Izzy Connor (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Daria Merkulova (Vernon Hills, Ill.), Gergana Petkova (Barrington, Ill.), Katrine Sakhnov (Glencoe, Ill.), Karolina Saverino (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and Hana Starkman (Deerfield, Ill.) posted a 28.150 on five hoops to land behind Brazil (32.700) and Mexico (30.000). The group will advance to the five hoops final.
Saturday is the final day of junior competition at the Pan Am Championships, with apparatus finals beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Following junior finals, the U.S. seniors will be back in action starting at 7:40 p.m. ET. Click here for updated results and live scoring. Click here for live streaming.