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INDIANAPOLIS, September 26, 2021 – Tokyo 2020 Olympians Camilla Feeley of Wheeling, Ill., Evita Griskenas of Orland Park, Ill., and Lili Mizuno of Northbrook, Ill., all of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, will feature prominently for the U.S. at the 2021 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships next month in Kitakyushu, Japan. Griskenas and Mizuno will represent the U.S. in the individual competition alongside teammate Erica Foster of Chanhassen, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic. Feeley will apply her Olympic experience to the group competition where she will be joined by Isabella Ivanova of Kirkland, Wash., Nicole Khoma of Northbrook, Ill., Gergana Petkova of Barrington, Ill., Karolina Saverino of Elk Grove Village, Ill., Hana Starkman of Plantation, Fla., and Emily Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y. – all of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center.
2021 World Championships Team
The team was named at the conclusion of a training camp featuring two selection competitions held September 24-26 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Alexandria Kautzman of Simi Valley, Calif./California Rhythms and Jenna Zhao of Hinsdale, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center were appointed replacement athletes for the individual competition.
This year’s Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will be held in conjunction with the Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. The rhythmic competition will close out two full weeks of gymnastics in Kitakyushu and is slated to begin October 27 at the West Japan Exhibition Center Annex.
2021 Junior Pan American Games Team
The U.S. rhythmic team for the 2021 Junior Pan American Games, which will take place November 25-December 5 in Cali, Colombia, was also announced based on performances over the weekend in Iowa. Sarah Mariotti of San Diego, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics and Nayenne Pollini Ashenaffi of Reseda, Calif./Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles will compete as individuals. In the group competition, the U.S. will be represented by Lucia Borja of Aventura, Fla., Sophia Miller of Aventura, Fla., Angelina Mirer of Hollywood, Fla., Natalia Ortigosa of Hollywood, Fla., and Alexandra Rykova, Hollywood, Fla. – all of the IK School of Gymnastics. Victoria Gonikman of Corcoran, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic and Lauren Kramer of San Diego, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics will serve as individual replacement athletes.