USA sweeps rhythmic team, all-around gold medals
posted on 04/28/2018

© Ricardo Bufolin

MEDELLIN, Colombia, April 28, 2018 - USA won the team competition for rhythmic gymnastics at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin Colombia, as well as went one-two in both the junior and senior all-around. 2016 Olympic alternate Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, won the senior and junior rhythmic all-around gold medals, respectively. Rhythmic gymnastics wraps up tomorrow with the individual event finals.

The USA posted a 247.366 to win the team title. Canada clinched second (208.716), followed by Colombia (175.552).

Using classical piano music, Feeley had beautiful control on a back attitude turn but had few little bobbles toward the end of her clubs routine to tally a 15.183. Showing great control throughout, Feeley executed her ribbon routine to very powerful music for a 15.550 and first place with a 62.850.

Despite a false start on the music, Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, didn’t miss a beat and booked a 15.067 for her clubs routine, which had one error on a mastery in the middle of her exercise. She posted a 14.450 for her ribbon routine. Her total of 61.217 put her in second behind Feeley. Lina Dussan of Colombia was third at 50.451.

Kapitonova performed a really fun, fast-paced clubs routine to Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud” that earned a 16.500. Finishing up on ribbon, her routine to “The Barber of Seville,” received a 15.067. Her all-around score of 63.283 kept her at the top of the junior rankings.

Shannon Xiao of Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, earned a 15.550 on clubs, and for her solid ribbon routine to “Echa Pa’Lante” by Thalia, she scored a 15.433. Her four-event total was 59.966, putting her in second. Canada’s Michel Vivier was third at 57.583.

Lennox Hopkins Wilkins, Puyallup, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics, had two small drops with the clubs for a 14.267. She got a second chance to perform her ribbon exercise after she had to use the auxiliary apparatus the first time out, posting a 14.683. Her all-around score was 57.083 for fourth.

Matylda Marszalek of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, started off the USA in the clubs competition, where she posted a 14.067. On ribbon, she performed her ribbon routine to “Staying Alive” by The Bee Gees. Unfortunately, a few errors gave her a 12.617 for ribbon and an all-around score of 51.934.

The U.S. junior group also won the all-around gold medal, posting a 13.800 for their 10 clubs routine, set to “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.” They finished with a two-event total of 26.150, ahead of Chile (20.550) and Canada (18.650).