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Freshman Stefany Bryan scored a career-high 9.625 on floor exercise Saturday at the MPSF Championships in Seattle.
Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

Seawolves 4th at MPSF meet

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 03/23/2013
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SEATTLE – A great showing on vault was not enough for the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team Saturday as the Seawolves finished fourth with 191.850 points at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at Royal Brougham Pavilion.

The Seawolves were edged for third by longtime rival Air Force, which eked past UAA in the final rotation with a 191.925 total. UC Davis earned its fourth consecutive team title with 194.950 points, while host Seattle Pacific was runner-up with 193.200.

Despite the tough finish, the Seawolves had their second-best vault total ever at 48.650, missing the school record by just 0.025. UAA’s team total of 191.850 tied for 13th-best, giving the 2013 Seawolves six of the top 19 marks in program history.

Freshman M’rcy Matsunami led UAA with a fourth-place all-around score of 38.575, while sophomore Morgan Cook tied for fifth in the 10-woman field with 38.325 points.

Matsunami, from Omaha, Neb., made her conference-meet debut with top-10 placings on floor exercise (t-6th, 9.775) and vault (10th, 9.75), while Cook tied for sixth on beam (9.7) and vault (career-high 9.775), plus eighth on floor (9.725).

In addition to Cook, three other Seawolves scored career-best vaults as Kayli Davies also had a 9.775, freshman Simone Penker a 9.7 and junior Emily Petersen a 9.65.

UAA had its season-high on floor exercise for the third straight meet, topping out with a 48.100. Freshmen Stefany Bryan (9.625) and Nicole Wetzel (9.5) were both big contributors on that apparatus, each with career-high scores.

Petersen had UAA’s best score on uneven bars with an 8th-place 9.675.

Saturday’s meet was the final team competition of the season for UAA. The Seawolves will wait for the regional qualifying score (RQS) rankings to come out next week to determine whether they will have any individuals make it to the April 6 NCAA West Regional Championships in Corvallis, Ore.

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