Brittany Rogers in third; Vaculik leads contenders for women’s Olympic gymnastics team

In the first competition on Tuesday in a two-part selection event for the five-member women's Olympic gymnastics team,  B.C.'s Brittany Rogers, placed first on vault and uneven bars to move up to third place overall in the fight for an Olympic berth with 26.60 points.

Briannah Tsang (Flicka) was third on vault and sits in 10th place.

Kristina Vaculik of Whitby, Ont., maintained a commanding lead among the group of 11 gymnasts vying for a spot on on the squad. She placed first on beam, third on uneven bars, fourth on floor and seventh on vault to finish first overall, ending the day with a total of 76.60 points in the Olympic selection race.

“I’ve just been taking one thing at a time and this has been another big stepping stone towards London,” said Vaculik, a three-time Canadian all around champion. “I haven’t been focussing on points, but on my routines and setting my sights on the Olympics.”

All 11 gymnasts will compete again on Thursday in the final selection meet with the top five overall qualifying for Canada’s first full women’s Olympic team since 2004. Results from the 2012 Canadian championships last month in Regina also count towards the Olympic selection.

Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont., finished a close second on Tuesday, solidifying her hold on second place in the Olympic qualification with 55.40 points.

Jessica Savona of Oakville, Ont., is ranked fourth overall with 23.20 points, Dominique Pegg of Sarnia, Ont., fifth with 23.10 points and Ellie Black of Halifax with 22.40.

Trailing by more than 10 points are Madeline Gardiner of Cambridge, Ont., in 7th place overall, Mikaela Gerber of Cambridge, Ont, 8th, Jessica Dowling of Oakville, Ont., 9th and Anysia Unick of Calgary, 11th.

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