U.S. rhythmic gymnastics group enjoys international success
posted on 04/15/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The U.S. rhythmic gymnastics group earned six medals at two recent international rhythmic gymnastics competitions: three silver medals at Coupe du Pas-de-Calais, March 21-22, in Calais, France; and three bronze medals at the Kalamata Cup, April 11-12, in Kalamata, Greece. At the Grand Prix in Thias, France, on March 28-29, the group also became the first U.S. group to compete in the finals at a Grand Prix event.

The members of the U.S. rhythmic gymnastics group from North Shore Rhythmic are: Stephanie Flaksman of Northbrook, Ill.; Marlee Shape of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Sydney Sachs of Deerfield, Ill.; Sofya Roytburg of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Bianca LaRosa of Glenview, Ill.; and Megan Frohlich of Marysville, Wash.

In the finals at Coupe du Pas-de-Calais, the USA placed second to Russia in the all-around, hoops and rope/ribbon. The USA earned a 20.800 in hoops and an 18.900 in rope/ribbon. At the Kalamata Cup, the USA finished third behind Russia and Greece in the all-around, hoops and rope/ribbon. The U.S. group posted a score of 35.700 in the all-around, an 18.975 in hoops and a 17.375 in rope/ribbon.

At the Grand Prix, the USA finished sixth in the hoops finals and eighth in the all-around and rope/ribbon finals. They scored a 19.950 in hoops and a 17.850 in rope/ribbon to earn an all-around score of 37.800. Bulgaria won all three events.