ANCHORAGE – Before the start of the 2012 campaign, Alaska Anchorage gymnastics coach Paul Stoklos has already added to his roster for the following campaign with the signing of M’rcy Matsunami to a National Letter of Intent.

Matsunami, from Omaha, Neb., will be a freshman at UAA next fall as she joins a Seawolf team due to lose four seniors to graduation.

“We are extremely excited to add a gymnast of M’rcy’s ability to our program,” said Stoklos, who begins his 28th season as UAA’s head coach next month. “She brings a lot of talent and a unique skill set on bars, but she will also be an integral part of our vault lineup and a solid all-around for us.”

In May, Matsunami had an impressive showing at the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships, finishing fifth on bars and 11th in the all-around in the Senior B division. It was the second straight year she qualified for Nationals. UAA’s first signee for 2012-13 also has Level 9 Western Regional titles on bars and the all-around to her credit, earning those in 2009.

Matsunami competes at the club level for Premier Gymnastics.

The Seawolves open the 2012 season with a Green & Gold intrasquad exhibition on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.