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Arizona Signs Canadian National Team Member
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 19, 2011
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April 19, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. – Head gymnastics coach Bill Ryden announced last Wednesday the signing of Kristin Klarenbach to a National Letter of Intent. Klarenbach will be attending the University of Arizona and joining the gymnastics team beginning the 2011-12 academic year.

“I was excited when I found out the Kristin was signing. Originally we had heard she was not going to sign because she was going to wait for the 2012 Olympic Games. When she decided to go to college I went up to talk to her, and everything seemed to click,” Ryden said. “The coaches enjoyed her, and I was happy that she felt at home here. I think she is going to be a major player for our team right from the beginning.”

Klarenbach, from Edmonton, AB, is currently training under Michel Arsencult of Champions Gymnastics. A member of the Canadian National Team since July 2009, Klarenbach has many gymnastics accomplishments already under her belt. Most recently, she competed for Canada at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India where she took 3rd for her team, 7th all-around, and 4th on vault. She has also competed at Nationals for eight consecutive years, and has made the podium at a number of elite meets throughout the world.

“Kristin has competed at the highest of levels, and has both national and international experience. She has an incredibly high skill level, and will make an immediate impact for the team. She brings quality gymnastics to all four events, and adds depth to the team. I think she is going to have a great college career,” Ryden said.

Currently undecided, but leaning towards optometry, Klarenbach is excited to become a member of the Arizona gymnastics team.

“When I came for my visit, I felt like I fit really well with the team. I liked the girls, and the coaches. The campus was beautiful, and is going to be a very nice change from the cold Canadian weather,” Klarenbach said. “I think that competing as a team will be a lot of fun, and will be a really positive experience.”

Klarenbach will be joining signees Amber Wobma of Geddert’s Twistars, and Allison Flores of IGI in the freshman class of 2011 in August.

“I think we have a great upcoming freshman class. We have a lot of quality gymnastics coming in this fall, and Kristin, Amber, and Allison will definitely be huge players in the gym this year,” Ryden said.

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