Zeng sweeps event final golds at 2014 Junior Pan Am Championships
posted on 05/11/2014

© Mark Sims

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., May 11, 2014 – 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.

In both the hoop and ball finals, Zeng and Kaloyanov finished one-two. For hoop, Zeng posted a 15.050 for the gold medal. Kaloyanov received a 14.750 and the silver medal. Brazil’s Mayra Tiago Sineriz was the bronze medalist (13.600). Zeng’s winning ball score was 15.200, followed by Kaloyanov in second at 14.900. Garcia was third at 13.850.

Zeng and Feeley took the top two spots for clubs and ribbon. Zeng earned the top mark for clubs, 14.100. Feeley was not far behind at 13.800. Garcia picked up her second bronze, posting a 13.750. In ribbon, Zeng tallied a 15.400 for the gold medal. Feeley’s 14.200 earned her the silver, and Garcia claimed the bronze with a 14.150.

In the group rhythmic gymnastics event finals, the United States rebounded from the prelims and won both event titles. For five hoops, the USA earned a 14.300. Canada was next at 13.800, followed by Brazil (11.250) and Venezuela (8.500). The Americans also posted the top mark for 10 clubs, scoring a 14.700. Canada again was the silver medalist with 13.250, and Brazil took home the bronze (12.350).

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.

The local partners for these events included the Central Florida Sports Commission, the Ocean Center, Volusia County and the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, and National Travel Systems is a partner for the World Championships and World Age Group Competition.

Background information

  • Central Florida Sports Commission. The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community's economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando. For more information, visit www.centralfloridasports.org.

  • International Gymnastics Federation. The International Gymnastics Federation is the governing body for gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international sports federation and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs seven disciplines: Gymnastics for All, Men's Artistic, Women's Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic. It counts 135 national member federations and boasts a 27-person staff at its international seat in Lausanne (SUI), host city of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

2014 Junior Pan American Championships
Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 11, 2014
Last of three days of competition

Rhythmic gymnastics

Individual
Hoop
1. Laura Zeng, Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, 15.050
2. Nicole Kaloyanov, Woodbridge, Va./Gymnastics World, 14.750
3. Mayra Tiago Sineriz, Brazil, 13.600

Ball
1. Laura Zeng, Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, 15.200
2. Nicole Kaloyanov, Woodbridge, Va./Gymnastics World, 14.900
3. Edna Garcia, Mexico, 13.850

Clubs
1. Laura Zeng, Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, 14.100
2. Camilla Feeley, Lincolnshire, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, 13.800
3. Edna Garcia, Mexico, 13.750

Ribbon
1. Laura Zeng, Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, 15.400
2. Camilla Feeley, Lincolnshire, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, 14.200
3. Edna Garcia, Mexico, 14.150

Group
Five hoops
1. United States, 14.300
2. Canada, 13.800
3. Brazil, 11.250
4. Venezuela, 8.500

10 clubs
1. United States, 14.700
2. Canada, 13.250
3. Brazil, 12.350
4. Venezuela, 10.900