Zeng finishes 7th in all-around, advances to three finals in Minsk
posted on 05/21/2016

© Tom Theobald

MINSK, Belarus, May 21, 2016 – 2015 World all-around finalist and reigning U.S. champion Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, finished seventh in the all-around standings today at the Minsk (Belarus) World Cup. Zeng also advanced to the finals in hoop, ribbon and ball. The USA’s Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, finished 10th in the all-around standings.

Zeng posted spectacular scores in hoop (18.050) and ribbon (18.000) to advance in fourth place to each of the finals. She qualified seventh to the ball final, posting a 17.800. Her 17.000 with clubs completed her all-around total of 70.850, good for seventh overall. Russia’s Margarita Mamun won the title at 75.700.

Feeley earned scores of 17.350, hoop; 17.250, ball; 17.400, clubs; and 17.200, ribbon and tallied 69.200. She finished 10th in the all-around standings. She also recorded a ninth place finish with clubs and was 10th for ribbon and hoop.

The U.S. rhythmic group is also competing in Minsk. They posted a 16.900 for both their five ribbons and clubs/hoop routines in qualification to finish sixth and fifth, respectively, and fifth in the all-around, to advance to the final. The members of the U.S. senior 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.

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.