U.S. completes sweep of rhythmic gold medals on final day at Pac Rim
posted on 04/29/2018

© Ricardo Bufolin

MEDELLIN, Colombia, April 29, 2018 – 2016 Olympic alternate Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, completed sweeps of the senior and junior rhythmic gold medals, respectively, today at the Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin, Colombia. Heather Chan of South Pasadena, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, won three silver medals in the senior competition, while Shannon Xiao, Fairfax, Va./Gymnastics World, added two silvers to the U.S. haul in the junior meet. The U.S. junior group also completed a sweep of the gold medals.

Feeley came out of the gates strong, earning a 17.600 for her hoop routine and taking the first gold medal of the day. Canada’s Jaedyn Andreotti was second with 15.133, while Vanessa Galindo of Colombia was the bronze medalist, scoring 14.200. Chan fell out of a turn and lost contact with the hoop toward the end of her routine and earned a 12.467 for eighth place.

Performing to “Bad to the Bone,” Feeley earned her second score above 17 of the day and her second gold medal, posting a 17.333 in the ball final. Chan earned a 14.733 for her ball routine and won the silver medal. Lina Dussan of Colombia took the bronze with a 14.233.

Feeley was once again golden in the clubs final, performing to classical piano music. Her 16.733 gave her the gold medal, just ahead of teammate Chan, who earned a 16.633 for silver. Dussan, who tallied 14.217, was once again the bronze medalist.

In the final event of the competition, Feeley scored 15.667 to complete her sweep of the gold medals. Chan took her third silver medal of the day with a 14.733, and Dussan (11.417) added another bronze to her haul.

In the junior competition, Kapitonova earned a 16.617 for her hoop routine set to “Don’t Rain on My Parade” by Barbara Streisand to take the gold medal. Lennox Hopkins Wilkins of Puyallup, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics, posted a 14.700 just missing the podium in fourth. Canada’s Michel Vivier (14.917) and Natalie Garcia (14.717) took silver and bronze, respectively

Kapitonova continued her gold rush in the junior ball final, earning a 16.183 to win the gold. Teammate Xiao earned a 14.767 to win the silver medal. Garcia was the bronze medalist once again with a 14.567.

In the clubs final, Kapitonova’s energetic routine earned a 16.000 and her third gold medal of the day. Garcia and Vivier finished second and third, respectively, with scores of 15.767 and 15.333. Xiao had a small drop near the end of her routine that cost her. She posted a 15.033 and finished fourth.

Kapitonova completed her non-stop day with a nearly flawless ribbon routine set to music from “The Barber of Seville.” She earned a 16.333 and completed her sweep of the Pacific Rim junior rhythmic gold medals. Xiao made a quick turnaround, having competing near the end of the clubs final and second in the ribbon final. She delivered a clean routine to close out her championships, earning a 15.267 which was good for silver.

The U.S. also won two gold medals in the junior group event finals. The U.S. group consists of Anastasiya Ivanova, June Kim, Alexandra Militeeva, Valerie Militeeva, Vianna Ngo, and Ellen Peng, all of San Diego Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics. In the five ropes final, the U.S. scored 12.200 to edge out Chile for the gold medal by .050. Canada was third with 10.050.

In the 10 clubs final, the U.S. group used the music “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas” and scored a 13.200. Chile’s group won the silver medal with a 12.650, followed by Canada (11.200).