Gymnasts travel for pair at Centenary
Friday, Feb. 8 — 3 pm AST — Gold Dome — Shreveport, LA
Alaska Anchorage (2-3) and Winona State (7-3)
at Centenary (2-4)
Sunday, Feb. 10 — 11 am AST — Gold Dome — Shreveport, LA
Alaska Anchorage at Centenary
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ALL-TIME vs CENTENARY: CC leads 9-1 (2-0 in Shreveport)
Last: CC 192.575-192.250 (3/13/01 at UAA) / Notes: The teams split a pair of meets in UAA’s 2011 home finales, with both contests decided by 1.1 points or less … CC won the first eight meetings from 1992-2009 … this will be the first meetings in Shreveport since 1999.
ALL-TIME vs WINONA STATE: UAA leads 15-12 (6-1 neutral)
Streak: UAA 8 / Last: UAA 186.775-183.350 (1/31/09 at Denver) / Notes: UAA has won the last six meetings by three points or more … UAA has won the last five neutral-site meetings … series started in 1986.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Centenary, which competes in the Midwest Independent Conference, has averaged 186.867 through three meets, with a season-high of 189.150 at SE Missouri on Jan. 25 … the Ladies are led by junior all-arounder Robyn Price, who has a season-high of 38.525 … Winona State, a Div. II program, is averaging just 181.413 through six competitions, topping out with a 185.150 in Sunday’s win over Gustavus Adolphus … the Warriors, from Winona, Minn., compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
SEAWOLVES SPLIT WITH FALCONS: The Seawolves split a pair of duals with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Seattle Pacific, Jan. 25-26, with both meets decided by narrow margins … on Friday, UAA made history a 191.675-191.575 victory, beating SPU for the first time in 38 tries … the Seawolves got a winning 38.750 all-around from freshman M’rcy Matsunami, along with a career night from junior Emily Petersen … UAA earned top-5 all-time team scores on vault (48.500), uneven bars (48.475) and balance beam (48.350) and hung on thanks to sophomore Morgan Cook’s 9.35 anchor on floor … Matsunami had a 9.85 on vault, 9.75 on bars and 9.7 on beam to earn her first career all-around title, while Petersen nailed all three of her routines, including a career-high 9.825 to win on uneven bars … UAA swept the top three spots on bars, with Petersen, sophomore Paige Pirie (career-high 9.775) and Matsunami (9.75) leading the way … Cook tied for third on both vault and beam with identical 9.7 marks, while the Seawolves also got solid scores from freshman Marie-Sophie Boggasch (9.675 vault, 9.525 bars), sophomore Sariaye Jensen (career-high 9.675 vault), freshman Simone Penker (9.625 beam) and freshman Nicole Wetzel (9.525 beam) … on Saturday, Matsunami won with a 38.675 all-around and Petersen was sharp again, but UAA could not hold on against SPU … Matsunami topped the 9.8 barrier on both vault (9.825) and uneven bars (9.8), tying Petersen for top honors on bars … Petersen also posted a 9.825 to win on beam, tying her career high and the 5th-best beam score in Seawolf history … freshman Stefany Bryan earned UAA’s top mark on floor exercise with a 9.525, while Jensen gave the Seawolves a boost in the first two rotations with a career-high 9.7 vault, followed by a 9.725 on bars … other top marks included a 9.675 on vault and a 9.625 on bars by Boggasch, and a 9.7 on beam from Cook.
GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: Freshman M’rcy Matsunami made a splash in her home debuts, capturing Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week honors for her Jan. 25-26 performances … the Omaha, Neb., product posted winning all-arounds both nights against Seattle Pacific, with her 38.750 on Saturday matching the 11th-best score in program history … with vaults of 9.85 and 9.825 vs SPU, she became just the third Seawolf to post at least four career vaults of 9.8 or better, joining Dominique Ingram (’04-05) and Lauren Agostino (’05-06, 07-09) … among other all-time Seawolf top scores, her 9.85 vaults are tied for 7th and her 9.8 bars routine Jan. 26 is tied for 8th.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves’ 191.675 against Seattle Pacific on Jan. 25 set a program record for the month of January and tied for the No. 13 score in program history; the 191.550 at Rutgers now ranks 17th … UAA already has two of the program’s top four bars and beam totals to its credit — the 48.400 at Rutgers ranking 2nd and the 48.350 vs SPU ranking 4th on the beam list; and the 48.500 and 48.475 bars scores vs SPU ranking 3rd and 4th, respectively … the Seawolves have already earned four of the best 13 vault scores in program history, twice equaling the No. 5 mark at 48.500 … UAA’s previous-best all-time score in January was a 191.275 at the season-opening Maui Invitational in 2005 … the Seawolves’ 11 individual event victories has already tied their team total from last season.
GYMNAST NOTES: Junior Emily Petersen now has six career scores of 9.8 or better, doing it four times on beam and twice on bars … the team captain’s 9.825 bars routine Jan. 25 vs SPU tied for the 5th-best mark in program history, while her 9.8 the next night tied for 8th … on beam, her 9.825 on Jan. 26 tied her career-high and the No. 4 mark at UAA … Petersen already has four individual event victories this season after posting none in her first two campaigns … sophomore Sariaye Jensen bounced back from a tough first week by posting back-to-back career-highs on vault against Seattle Pacific, scoring a 9.675 on Jan. 25 and a 9.7 on Jan. 26 … 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 … 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 … in addition to Matsunami, fellow freshmen Kayli Davies (9.55 V), Stefany Bryan (9.525 FX, 9.6 UB) and Nicole Wetzel (9.525 BB, 9.3 FX) improved their scores from the opening two meets to the SPU meets.
INJURY REPORT: Redshirt freshman Chelsey Baker should be back on the balance beam this week at Centenary, having missed the SPU meets with a minor injury … the Floridian posted a 9.625 on beam in just her second career competition, Jan. 12 at Rutgers.