GYMNASTICS: Pacovsky joins Cardinals

Becomes the fifth member of 2010 recruiting class

Coach Nadalie Walsh has added another gymnast to her 2010-11 class.

Mackenzie Pacovsky, of Independence, Minn., will be the fifth freshman on the gymnastics team, which will start its season in January.

"I'm excited to have her," Walsh said. "She seems to me to be a gymnast who can learn a lot."

Pacovsky will join the team as a walk-on, Walsh said, adding that Pacovksy's initial benefits will come in the uneven bars and vault.

"I think she's going to add a lot," she said.

Walsh said she thinks Pacovsky is a solid in all four events but her adding bars and vault depth, plus balance beam eventually, will be how she finds her role on the team.

Pacovsky finished in 13th place in the all-around at 2010 Minnesota Level 10 state championships with a score of 35.55. Her best finishes at the state level came in 2007, when she had top-10 results in the vault (fourth), bars (third), beam (third) and all-around (second).

According to her website, Pacovsky missed portions of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons with various foot and ankle injuries. However, Walsh said she wasn't as concern, describing the injuries as minor.

"You try to find the lesser of evils with injuries," Walsh said.

Kayla Hani, Aftyn Siemer, Kristin Vignola and Leah Wilson had already been announced as member of this freshman class.

Once the school year begins, the entire team will undergo a few weeks of conditioning before beginning fall practice Sept. 10.


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