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U.S. rhythmic gymnasts collect five medals at Portimao International Tournament
posted on 05/27/2022

PORTIMAO, Portugal (May 27, 2022) - U.S. juniors Megan Chu (San Diego, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics) and Rin Keys (Porter Ranch, Calif./Burlo Gymnastics) and first-year senior Sarah Mariotti (San Diego, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics) amassed five medals between them at this week's Portimao International Tournament in Portugal. Chu and Keys notched silver in the junior team competition Tuesday, while Keys added three individual medals, including gold on clubs, Wednesday. Mariotti followed up a top-ten all-around performance by earning gold in the senior ribbon final to close out two lucrative days of competition at Portimao Arena.

Mariotti's cumulative 104.750 positioned her ninth in the senior all-around, while her 27.200 on ribbon advanced her to the event final in fourth. She posted a 27.000 on ribbon on Day 2 to edge all-around champion Fanni Pigniczki of Hungary (26.800) for the apparatus title.

In the junior competition, the U.S. duo of Chu (107.550) and Keys (111.200) earned a combined 218.750 to snag the silver medal in the team competition. Italy topped the podium with a 224.600, and Romania (216.500) rounded out the top three.

Keys extended her individual medal streak to three-straight international competitions in 2022. She earned silver on ball at the International Tournament Sofia Cup in Bulgaria in April and secured silver on ball and ribbon and bronze on clubs at the International Tournament Ritam Cup earlier this month in Serbia. This week in Portimao, Keys led the U.S. contingent on hoop (28.000), clubs (28.050) and ribbon (28.150), advancing to all three apparatus finals. Her 29.250 paced the field on clubs. She also added silver on hoop (29.200) and bronze on ribbon (27.100). Italy's Tara Dragas led the way on hoop with a 30.500, while Poland's Liliana Lewinska set the bar on ribbon with a 27.400.

Fellow juniors Jaelyn Chin (Aventura, Fla./Bessonova's School) and Erika Rusak (Auburn, Wash./Evergreen Rhythmics) were also in action, finishing with all-around scores of 104.550 and 101.050, respectively. Chin's 27.150 qualified her to the ball final where she delivered an improved 27.800 but landed just off the podium in fourth. Italy's Alice Taglietti captured the title with a 29.300.

U.S. Senior National Team members Evita Griskenas (Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center) and Lili Mizuno (Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center) and the Senior National Group will look to leave a similar mark this week in Portugal. They're set to compete in the accompanying Portimao World Challenge Cup through Sunday.