USA wins three gold at 2016 Pac Rim Championships
posted on 04/09/2016

© Tom Theobald

EVERETT, Wash., April 9, 2016 — The U.S. swept the gold medals at today’s rhythmic team and all-around competition, winning the junior and senior all-around crowns and the team title at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships presented by Hershey’s at Everett (Wash.) Community College. The USA’s Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms, and Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, claimed the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the senior all-around while Lili Mizuno of Brentwood, Calif./Community Youth Center, won the junior all-around title. Competition concludes tomorrow with the event finals, beginning at 1 p.m. PT, and four U.S. gymnasts will be in the event finals.

The four U.S. gymnasts who advanced to event finals are: Protto - hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon; Feeley - hoop, ball, ribbon; Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics – clubs; and junior Mizuno – hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon.

Protto won the senior all-around gold with a score of 67.766, followed by teammate Feeley in second at 65.532. Canada’s Katherine Uchida was awarded the bronze medal with a 59.582. Budginas posted the third-highest score of the night with a 63.299, but did not receive the bronze medal due to the two-per country rule.

In the junior all-around, Mizuno took home the gold medal with her 60.349. Alexandra Chtrevenskii of Canada finished second with a 53.898. Yating Zhao of China rounded out the top three (52.082).

In the team competition, the USA tallied 259.813 points for the gold. Canada was second at 224.059, and China finished third at 216.779.

The gymnasts performed the clubs and ribbon routines today, and hoop and ball were competed yesterday.

Tickets for rhythmic gymnastics, held at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at the Everett Community College, are $25, plus any applicable fees.

For men’s and women’s gymnastics and trampoline at the XFINITY Arena, tickets may be purchased at the XFINITY Arena Box Office, charge by phone at 1-866-332-8499 or Ticket prices vary based on seat location.

The competition schedule for the final day is listed below.

    April 10
    • 12 p.m. - Junior men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals; XFINITY Arena
    • 1 p.m. - Rhythmic gymnastics junior and senior individual event finals, Walt Price Student Fitness Center, Everett Community College
    • 6 p.m. - Senior men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals; XFINITY Arena

For more information on the Pac Rim Championships, go to

Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships traditionally feature gymnasts from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore and the United States. NBC Sports will televise action from the Pacific Rim Championships. Past sites include: 2014, Richmond, B.C., Canada; 2012, Everett, Wash.; 2010, Melbourne, Australia; 2008, San Jose, Calif.; and 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Background information

  • XFINITY Arena at Everett. The XFINITY Arena at Everett, recipient of the International Association of Venue Manager's (IAVM) prestigious Venue Excellence Award 2010, was developed by the Everett Public Facilities District. The 10,000-seat venue hosts a myriad of events including concerts, ice skating and family shows. The facility is also home to the Everett Silvertips, a Western Hockey League franchise, and the venue accommodates other sporting events such as basketball, volleyball and international skating competitions. Spectra is a major provider of sports and entertainment hospitality services in Washington. One or more of the divisions is at work supporting 15 Washington venues and events, including Washington State University and Gonzaga.

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