Gymnasts Seattle-bound for MPSF meet
at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships
Saturday, March 23, 5 pm ADT
Royal Brougham Pavilion — Seattle, WA
Seattle Pacific hosts Alaska Anchorage, Air Force & UC Davis
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2013 MPSF PREVIEW: While the Seawolves have put up improved numbers this year, so have the rest of their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals, with the whole league raising its average scores from last season … three-time defending champion UC Davis enters Saturday’s meet as the favorite with an average of 193.882, a regional qualifying score of 194.615 and a season-high of 195.625 … Air Force (192.483 avg/193.265 RQS/194.700 high) and Seattle Pacific (191.452 avg/192.125 RQS/193.150 high) will try to knock the Aggies from their perch, while UAA (191.122 avg/191.720 RQS/192.850 high) is aiming to crack the top three for the first time since winning it all in 2009.
UAA/MPSF HISTORY ...
Year Place Score Team Champion UAA individual champs
2003 6th (6) 187.300 Sacramento State None
2004 4th (6) 193.750* San Jose State None
2005 6th (6) 189.275 Sacramento State Ingram-V (tie), 9.875
2006 3rd (4) 190.950 Seattle Pacific Portlock-AA, 38.900
2007 3rd (4) 187.850 Seattle Pacific None
2008 3rd (4) 192.825 UC Davis Fullerton-FX (tie), 9.825
2009 1st (4) 192.825 UAA Boswell-UB, 9.8
Agostino-V (tie), 9.8
2010 4th (4) 190.725 UC Davis None
2011 4th (4) 190.475 UC Davis Fullerton-FX, 9.825
2012 4th (4) 188.300 UC Davis None
2012 MPSFs REVIEW: Then-freshman Morgan Cook placed 3rd in the all-around but the Seawolves could not overcome a rough night on bars and beam as they finished fourth at the 2012 MPSF Championships … host UC Davis won its 3rd straight title with 193.675 points, outdistancing runner-up SPU (191.150), Air Force (189.125) and UAA (188.300) … UAA also got a fine individual effort from senior Kaelei Spoor in her final collegiate meet, earning UAA's highest placing of the evening with a team-season-high 9.825 on floor to tie for 3rd place … Cook recorded a 9.75 on beam and finished with a 38.075 all-around to place 3rd among seven competitors … then-sophomore Emily Petersen (9.5) and then-freshman Paige Pirie (9.45) led the Seawolves on bars.
MICHIGAN RECAP: The Seawolves finally hit their stride on floor exercise as they totaled 191.775 and 191.600 team scores in their most recent meets, Mar. 7 at Central Michigan and Mar. 9 at Eastern Michigan … in the dual at CMU, freshman M’rcy Matsunami scored a 38.750 all-around and sophomore Morgan Cook had a nice three-event showing with 9.725s on vault and beam, plus a 9.7 on floor exercise … despite the loss, the Seawolves’ team total was the 14th-best score in program history, with the beam total of 48.150 tying for 13th … UAA also cracked 48 points on floor exercise for the first time this season at 48.050, thanks to a 9.725 from Matsunami … freshmen Simone Penker (9.625) and Nicole Wetzel (9.5) also set or tied their career bests, respectively, on floor, while junior Emily Petersen had UAA’s highest score of the night with a 9.8 on beam … in Saturday’s quad meet at EMU, Cook had UAA’s top scores on vault (9.725) and beam (9.65), and was second behind Matsunami with a 9.725 on floor … Matsunami finished third among six all-arounders with 38.350 points, boosted by a career- and UAA season-high 9.775 on floor exercise … Petersen delivered UAA’s best placing of the day with a 4th-place 9.775 on uneven bars, tying the 19th-best score in program history, while freshman Kayli Davies posted career-highs with a 9.7 vault and a 9.525 on floor … UAA’s team total ranked 17th on the program’s all-time list.
TEAM NOTES: UAA’s 192.850 total on Feb. 17 was its best in four years, trailing only the 193.000 against Kentucky (3/15/09) and the school-record of 193.750, set at the 2004 MPSF Championships … with a 191.117 average through nine meets, the Seawolves are on pace to break the program record of 189.963 from 2004 … the same holds true for their pace on vault (48.256; current record 48.046, 2009), bars (47.794; 47.694, 2008) and beam (47.900; 47.563, 2004) … UAA has posted six of the best 21 team scores in program history so far, with the 191.950 at Centenary ranking 12th … the 191.675 against Seattle Pacific on Jan. 25 set a program record for the month of January and is now tied for 15th in UAA annals … the 2013 Seawolves also have three of the program’s top five scores on both bars and beam to their credit, while four of this year’s vault scores fall within the top 10 … UAA’s four dual victories are the program’s most since 2009, while the Seawolves’ 19 individual event victories have easily surpassed their total of 11 from last season.
IT’S PRONOUNCED ‘MARCY’: Freshman M’rcy Matsunami is on pace to set the school single-season average records for all-around (38.534) and bars (9.691), while standing No. 3 on vault (9.747) … Matsunami has earned 10 individual wins through nine meets, including four straight all-around titles from Jan. 25-Feb. 10 … the Omaha, Neb., native was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week honors for her Jan. 25-26 performances against SPU, 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 … Matsunami’s 9.775 floor exercise at Eastern Michigan was a UAA season-best, while her 38.725 all-around on Feb. 10 vs Centenary tied the No. 16 score in program history.
MORE GYMNAST NOTES: Freshman Marie-Sophie Boggasch became just the third Seawolf to post a vault of 9.875 or higher when she hit the mark against EMU on Feb. 17, joining Dominique Ingram (five times, 2004-05) and Lauren Agostino (once, in 2009) … by average, the German is UAA’s 3rd-best scorer on vault (9.614) and bars (9.561) … junior Emily Petersen now has seven career scores of 9.8 or better, doing it five 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 has six individual event victories this season after posting none in her first two campaigns … with a 9.678 beam average, the Indianapolis native is currently No. 2 on UAA’s single-season list, while her 9.647 bars average ranks 5th … sophomore Morgan Cook owns eight straight scores of 9.6-plus on balance beam — hitting a season-high 9.775 against EMU — to put her No. 3 on UAA’s single-season beam average list (9.647) … the Arkansan’s 9.75 vault on Feb. 17 was a career-high, and she has been UAA’s top floor exercise worker, averaging 9.542 … with Petersen, Cook, freshman Simone Penker (7th, 9.583) and freshman M’rcy Matsunami (11th, 9.528), the 2013 Seawolves currently sport four of the top 11 beam averages in program history … with her 38.450 score at Rutgers on Jan. 12, Penker became the first Seawolf freshman since 2007 (Courtney Williams) to win an individual all-around competition … with a career-high-tying 9.75 vs EMU, the Austrian has now scored 9.6-plus on six of her last eight beam routines … Penker also matched her personal-best 38.450 all-around in the EMU home meet … freshman Nicole Wetzel has been one of UAA’s most consistent floor performers, now with four straight scores of 9.4 or better … freshman Kayli Davies is coming off career-highs of 9.7 on vault and 9.525 on floor at Eastern Michigan … Davies has scored 9.5-plus on her last seven vaults … sophomore Sariaye Jensen had her best week of the season in Michigan, competing on three events for the first time and scoring between 9.5 to 9.65 on all six of her routines.
MPSF RANKS: The Seawolves currently trail the 4-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 191.720 RQS and 191.122 average, just behind 3rd-place Seattle Pacific (192.125/191.452) … UAA is No. 2 on both vault (48.415/48.261) and beam (48.190/47.900), however, plus No. 3 on bars (48.255/47.794) … in the individual RQS rankings, junior Emily Petersen leads the league on beam (9.785) and is 4th on bars (9.765), while freshman M’rcy Matsunami is 5th all-around (38.600), 4th on vault (9.790) and 10th on bars (9.705) … also cracking the top 10 is sophomore Morgan Cook (6th on beam, 9.695; t-8th on vault, 9.700).
INJURY REPORT: The Seawolves head to Seattle with no major injuries in their regular 11-woman lineup.