USA earns 10 medals at Miss Valentine Tournament
posted on 02/22/2015


INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 22, 2015 – 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). Feeley 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 Matylda Marszalek (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.