The country’s top gymnasts (including many from North Shore Rhythmics) just competed in this season’s first national competition, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The verdict? NSR gymnasts did an outstanding job! In the junior Rhythmic Challenge for national team and level 10 elite members 15 and under, Laura Zeng finished first in all four events and first all around, Camilla Feeley finished second in ball and hoop and third all around, and Natalie Bourand and Alexandra Ladan finished in the top 12 all around. In the senior Rhythmic
Challenge for national team and level 10 elite members 16 and older, Jazzy Kerber finished first in hoop and ribbon and third all around and Kristen Shaldybin finished in the top 12 all around. In the senior level 9 event, Molly Isley finished first in ribbon and second all around. In the junior level 9 age-level C event, Karrine Denisova finished second in ribbon and third all around, Matyda Marzalek finished third in ball, and Taylor Edelchik finished in the top 12 all around. In the junior level 9 age-level B event, Daria Baltovick finished first in clubs and fourth all around. In the junior level 9 age-level A event, Erin Tucker finished in the top 12 in hoop, ball and clubs, and Michelle Thelen finished in the top 12 in ball and ribbon. In the junior level 8 event, Dasha Kosack finished first all around, Jenny Hillier finished fourth in ribbon, and Kate Danilov finished 13th all around. The USA senior national group, which trains at North Shore Rhyhthmics, also received an enthusiastic reception for their great performances. Congratulations to all gymnasts! And thank you to our wonderful coaches!
What altitude? North Shore Rhythmics gymnasts didn't let the 6,000-foot elevation at Colorado Springs get in the way of their performances at the Rhythmic Challenge Feb. 14-16. The U.S. senior national group (Sharon Dassouli, Monica Rokhman, Jenny Rokhman, Natalie McGiffert, Laura Tutunikov, Kseniya Masterova, and Alisa Kano) wowed the crowd each day. And NSR won all 10 of the gold medals at the Challenge! (Jazzy Kerber and Laura Zeng won the senior and junior all-around titles and the individual titles in hoop, ball, clubs, and ribbon.)
Congratulations to all North Shore Rhythmics gymnasts for their wonderful performances at the Rhythmic Challenge and Invitational at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs over President's Day weekend!
For more information, for scores, and for photos by Diane Bidermann (who will be taking pictures at our regional championships over Mother's Day weekend), please visit the USA Gymnastics' rhythmic page:
Talk about a Rocky Mountain high! North Shore Rhythmics gymnasts are more than 6,000 feet above seat level in Colorado Springs, where they're competing at USA Gymnastics's 2010 Rhythmic Invitational and Challenge Feb. 12-14.
The NSR girls, levels 7 through 10, are also checking out the U.S. Olympic Training Center facilities and sightseeing at places like the Cave of the Winds.