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Sophomore Morgan Cook and the rest of the Seawolves have been solid on vault in the first two meets of 2013.
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UAA hosts MPSF rival Falcons for a pair

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 01/22/2013
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Friday, Jan. 25 & Saturday, Jan. 26 — 7 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Seattle Pacific (0-2) at Alaska Anchorage (1-2)

TV: Catch the replay of each meet at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday on KCFT (GCI Ch. 19).

ONLINE: A live version of the TV broadcast will be streamed via … in addition, check for a link to live stats … for all meets, check at Facebook (Alaska Anchorage Seawolves) and Twitter (@UAASeawolves) for updates.

ALL-TIME vs SEATTLE PACIFIC: SPU leads 37-0 (9-0 at UAA)
Last: SPU 188.075-185.550 (1/10/09 at SPU) / Notes: Teams have met in all but seven seasons since 1985 … the current 4-year gap is the longest between head-to-head competitions in series history … seven of the last nine meets have been in Seattle … first meeting came Feb. 9, 1985 in Chico, Calif.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Seattle Pacific has averaged 188.950 in a pair of meets so far, boosted by a 189.425 score in Saturday’s home dual loss against Air Force … sophomore all-arounder Shannon Escarra earned a 38.600 against AFA for an SPU squad that features just two seniors.

‘BACK EAST’ OPENERS: The Seawolves teetered at the start but finished strong in their opening two meets of the season, Jan. 10 at Bridgeport and Jan. 12 at Rutgers … in the first meet, UAA got an excellent performance on vault but managed just 187.425 points in a dual loss to the Purple Knights … the Seawolves’ 48.325 team score on vault accounted for the 10th-best total in program history, boosted by a 9.8 from freshman M’rcy Matsunami … other top individual scores came from freshman Marie-Sophie Boggasch (9.7 vault), junior Emily Petersen (9.625 vault, 9.475 beam), sophomore Morgan Cook (37.500 all-around, 9.625 floor, 9.6 vault) and freshman Simone Penker (37.450 AA, 9.6 vault) … two days later at Rutgers, Penker won the all-around and UAA improved its score by more than four points with a 191.550, getting a victory over fellow visitor Yale … Penker, from Maria Saal, Austria, earned a 38.450 all-around thanks to a 9.75 on beam and a 9.725 on uneven bars … she was followed by Matsunami at 38.175 and Cook at 37.900 as the Seawolves swept the top three spots, topping four Yale gymnasts … Matsunami topped her debut vault with a winning 9.85 on Saturday, becoming just the fourth Seawolf to reach that mark … the Omaha, Neb., product also had a 9.6 on beam and a 9.525 on bars … UAA took three of the five individual titles as Petersen edged Rutgers’ Jenna Williams on balance beam, 9.8 to 9.775 … Penker was third on beam with her 9.75 and Cook fifth at 9.7 … Petersen and Penker tied for fourth on uneven bars with 9.725s, while on vault, Cook finished third with a 9.725 and Boggasch tied for fourth with a 9.7 … Cook turned in UAA’s best floor exercise of the day with a 9.5.

TEAM NOTES: The 191.550 score at Rutgers ranks No. 16 among the program’s all-time top scores and marks the record for the second meet of the season … UAA’s previous-best all-time score in January was a 191.275 at the season-opening Maui Invitational in 2005 … the 48.400 balance beam score at Rutgers ranks No. 2 on UAA’s all-time list and marks the first time the 48-point barrier has been reached in January … the 48.500 vault at Rutgers ranks No. 5 on the all-time program list, while the 48.325 at Rutgers is 11th.

GYMNAST NOTES: Freshman M’rcy Matsunami tied the No. 7 vault score in program history with her 9.85 at Rutgers … only three other Seawolves have earn a 9.8 or higher on vault multiple times — Dominique Ingram (seven times in 2004 & ’05), Lauren Agostino (twice, 2006 & ’09) and Jessica Portlock (twice, 2008) … junior Emily Petersen earned the first victory over her career with a 9.8 on balance beam at Rutgers, tying the 9th-best routine in program history; the Indianapolis native also owns a 9.825 (No. 4 on beam) from last season … with her 38.450 score at Rutgers, Simone Penker became the first Seawolf freshman since 2007 (Courtney Williams) to win an individual all-around competition … Penker and Petersen share UAA’s top uneven bars score so far with 9.725s … sophomore Morgan Cook earned her career-high with a 9.725 vault at Rutgers … Cook also owns UAA’s top floor score of 2013 with a 9.625 at Bridgeport.

With four proven returners and one returning redshirt, head coach Paul Stoklos is excited about his program’s prospects in 2013 … the veteran core of the team starts with junior captain Emily Petersen, who set UAA’s program record with a 9.679 average on uneven bars last year … the Indianapolis native also produced the team’s second-best balance beam average, boosted by a career-high 9.825 vs. Michigan State … Petersen will be joined by a trio of sophomores who return after playing huge roles as rookies – Morgan Cook, Sariaye Jensen and Paige Pirie … Cook was an NCAA Regionals all-around qualifier with a 37.345 RQS in 2012, and one of three Seawolves to compete in all 11 regular-season meets… the Hot Springs, Ark., product comes into 2013 with career-highs of 9.7 on vault, 9.775 on floor, 9.8 on beam and 38.400 all-around … Jensen competed all-around a team-high nine times, earning All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors on both bars and all-around … the Las Vegas native had the 10th-best bars average in program history at 9.540, tallying a season-high 9.75 on three occasions … Pirie returns after peaking at the end of her freshman season, including marks of 9.625 on floor against Michigan State and 9.45 on bars at MPSFs … also back is redshirt freshman Chelsey Baker, who missed the 2012 season after suffering a knee injury in the preseason.

2013 PREVIEW — NEWCOMERS: The Seawolves enter their 10th campaign at the Div. I level this January with seven true freshmen, going to four states and two foreign countries to compile the incoming class … Austrian Simone Penker appears ready to make an immediate impact in the all-around after competing on the European circuit along with fellow newcomer Marie-Sophie Boggasch, from Germany … UAA got strong showings in the preseason Green & Gold Intrasquad from Kayli Davies (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Stefany Bryan (Seattle, Wash.), while M’rcy Matsunami (Omaha, Neb.) should also be an all-around contender … also looking to crack the lineup will be Nicole Wetzel (Keller, Texas) on beam and floor, and Julia York (Mission Viejo, Calif.) on vault and floor.

2012 SEASON RECAP: Overcoming injuries and early-season adversity, the Seawolf gymnasts finished strong with highs in their final three regular-season meets … UAA posted 192.625 points in its final home meet against Michigan State for the 6th-best score in program history and the 2nd-highest at the WFSC … six Seawolves earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors and four made the league’s all-academic squad, while freshman Morgan Cook became just the 10th UAA gymnast to earn an all-around berth in the NCAA Division I West Regional Championships.

ALL-MPSF SQUAD: Three returning Seawolves earned All-MPSF honors in 2012, including then-freshman Sariaye Jensen, who made all-conference on both uneven bars (9.690 RQS) and all-around (37.340) … then-freshman Morgan Cook was the No. 6 all-around performer with a 37.435 final RQS, while then-sophomore Emily Petersen earned their first career all-league award by making the team on uneven bars.

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