Oct. 27, 2011
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Stanford's athletes earned two more medals on Day 12 of the Pan Am Games Wednesday, increasing the total to 16 medals overall in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Wednesday, it was freshman diver Kristian Ipsen grabbing silver with partner Troy Dumais in the men's 3-meter synchronized diving competition and gymnast Kristina Vaculik earning bronze in the women's all-around.
In the pool, the U.S. women's water polo team, with five Cardinal representatives on the roster, advanced to Friday's gold medal game with a 13-1 win over Brazil.
Ipsen and partner Troy Dumais won a silver medal on their first day of diving, finishing second to Mexico's Yahel Castillo and Julian Sanchez in the synchronized three-meter at the Pan American Games on Wednesday.
Both teams remained close over the first three dives, before Mexico extended the lead after four dives to 27 points, never to look back and finish with 457.32 points. Ipsen and Dumais combined for 411.99 points. Cuba finished third with 384.33 points.
The Americans and the Mexicans were the only teams over 100 points after two dives, with Mexico leading by just .60. Both teams were separated by seven points after the third round, before Mexico scored 9.0's or better from eight of the 11 judges on a front 3.5 somersault pike, for a score of 85.56 to give them a 27-point lead following its fourth dive. The U.S. faltered on the fourth dive, a forward two somersault twist, scoring 6.5's or better from eight judges for 65.28 points.
On the fifth dive, Ipsen and Dumais rebounded on a reverse 3.5 somersault tuck to score its highest score to that point, 87.15 points. Mexico though had already tallied a 90.30 on the same dive, scoring 8.5's from eight judges. The duo finished off the meet with 7.5's in their sixth and final dive.
Ipsen will also compete in the three-meter springboard on Thursday, while graduate Cassidy Krug will compete in the three-meter on Friday and the three-meter synchro with partner Kassidy Cook on Saturday.
Perseverence paid off for Canada's Kristina Vaculik with a bronze medal on Wednesday in the womens all-around gymnastics final at the Pan Am Games.
Vaculik performed four solid routines to finish third with a score of 54.775.
Vaculik, who is taking a year off from Stanford to make an Olympic run, is expected to play a leading role in Canada's bid to qualify a full women's team for the 2012 Olympics. She singled out her performance on uneven bars as a personal highlight.
"Bars is one of the most difficult events in gymnastics and its been a daily struggle to keep on working at it," Vaculik, a two-time Canadian all-around champion, said to gymcan.org. "You have to work through it and believe in yourself."
Women's Water Polo
The U.S. women continued its march to the Pan Am Games gold medal match unabated Wednesday, sweeping Brazil aside with a 13-1 win.
The U.S. took a 3-0 lead in the first period, then added a goal in the second to hold a 4-0 halftime edge. The American defense continued its solid effort, holding the Brazilians scoreless until the fourth frame, by which time the decision was no longer in doubt.
The U.S. advances to Friday's gold medal game, where it will take on Canada at 3 p.m. PT. The winner of the contest will also earn the region's automatic berth into the 2012 Olympic Tournament.