Sept. 7, 2010
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Stanford recruit Kristina Vaculik won two bronze medals and placed fourth at the Pan American Gymnastics Championships, which concluded Sunday.
Vaculik, a Canadian who is part of a stellar class that will arrive at Stanford this month, placed third on the uneven bars (14.075 points) and third on floor exercise (13.975). She also placed fourth on vault (14.100).
The competition was the final one before arriving at Stanford for Vaculik, the reigning Canadian all-around champion. She will compete in the World Championships Oct. 16-24, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, as will Stanford teammate Nicole Pechanec, who will compete for the Czech Republic.
Vaculik also aspires to make the Canadian Olympic team for the 2012 London Games.
Vaculik has shined in domestic and international competition since returning from a career-threatening elbow injury nearly a year ago.
She returned to competition with a big performance in December at Elite Canada where she was runner-up in the all-around and first on uneven bars and floor.
In February, she won the all around title at the Nadia Comaneci International in Oklahoma City, Okla., and dominated the Gymnix International Cup in Montreal, winning the all around and three of four event finals.
Vaculik won the uneven bars and floor exercise and was second on vault and the balance beam at the World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, in March, one of the most competitive stops on the World Cup circuit.
In May, Vaculik won the all-around, balance beam, uneven bars, and vault, at the Canadian championships.
Vaculik is part of a five-person recruiting class coming this fall that also includes 2008 Australian Olympian Shona Morgan (Melbourne, Australia), Lauren Caldemeyer (Indianapolis), Lucy Meyer (St. Paul, Minn.), and Amanda Spinner (Danville, Calif.).