U.S. rhythmic gymnasts earn four medals and win team gold
posted on 03/16/2012

© Diane Bidermann

EVERETT, Wash., March 16, 2012 — The U.S. ended today’s rhythmic team and all-around competition with one gold, two silver and one bronze medal, as well as the team gold at the 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships. Senior rhythmic gymnasts Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md./Capital Rhythmics, and Polina Kozitskiy of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, claimed the gold and silver in the all-around, respectively, as juniors Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Julia Garbuz of Eden Prarie, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic LLC, placed second and third, respectively, at the Comcast Community Ice Rink in Everett, Wash.

Zetlin, who recently qualified to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, gained another all-around title with a total score of 97.400. Scoring a 23.150 on clubs, Zetlin earned the highest scores of the evening on hoop (25.950), ribbon (25.100), and ball (25.100).

"Even though I have been competing in rhythmic gymnastics for almost my whole life," Zetlin said, "I was definitely a bit nervous coming into this event today. With the Olympic Games just around the corner, I take every competition as an opportunity to learn something new and improve on my skills."

Claiming the silver for the U.S. was Kozitskiy with an all-around total of 96.450. Earning the highest score on clubs (24.100) and the second-highest score on hoop (25.650), Kozitskiy finished strong with scores of 23.650 and 24.000 in ribbon and ball, respectively.

"I wasn't expecting to medal tonight," said Kozitskiy, "but it feels great! I hope to improve on a few techniques, so I can come back tomorrow for event finals really prepared."

Tying for a third-place finish was Janine Murray of Australia and Linyi Peng of China with an overall score of 96.450.

In the junior division, Zeng was just shy of the all-around gold medal by 0.15 of a point, with an overall score of 94.175. Canada's Patricia Bezzoubenko finished first with a score of 94.325, as Garbuz placed third with a 92.650.

In the end, all six U.S. rhythmic athletes took home a gold medal with the team award, finishing with a total of 385.200. Canada and China placed second and third, respectively, with scores of 371.550 and 366.825.

Members of the U.S. team include: seniors – Kozitskiy, Alexis Page of New York, N.Y./Aviator Sports and Recreation, and Zetlin; and juniors – Garbuz, Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Zeng.

Competition continues tomorrow with junior and senior individual event finals at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

Background information

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