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Freshman M'rcy Matsunami will become the 12th Seawolf to compete at the NCAA Div. I West Regional Championships.
Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

Matsunami makes NCAA vault lineup

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 03/25/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – Alaska Anchorage freshman M’rcy Matsunami has qualified to compete on vault at the NCAA Division I West Regional Championships, set for Saturday, Apr. 6 in Corvallis, Ore.

The Seawolf rookie will be one of five individual vaulters who will compete alongside full squads from No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Louisiana State, No. 18 Arizona, No. 20 Ohio State, No. 24 Central Michigan and North Carolina State.

The competition gets under way at 5 p.m. ADT at Gill Coliseum.

Matsunami, from Omaha, Neb., earned a 9.795 regional qualifying score to become the 12th UAA gymnast ever to qualify for D-I regionals. She posted season-highs of 9.85 on Jan. 12 at Rutgers and Jan. 25 vs. Seattle Pacific, and she was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 24-30.

All-Time Alaska Anchorage Qualifiers
NCAA Div. I West Regional Championships
Year Gymnast           Event(s)   Score
2013 M’rcy Matusnami   Vault      
2012 Morgan Cook       All-Around 36.700
2009 Leah Wilson       All-Around 37.875
2006 Lauren Agostino   All-Around 38.425
2006 Jessica Portlock  All-Around DNF    
2005 Dominique Ingram  Vault      9.65
2003 Mandi Burdick     All-Around 38.225
2003 Jesse Currie      All-Around 36.750
1998 Jessi Simmons     All-Around 37.775
1997 Elena Tkacheva    All-Around 38.525
1996 Elena Tkacheva    All-Around 37.350
1995 Elena Tkacheva    All-Around 37.000
1994 Elena Tkacheva    All-Around 37.675
     Kerry Robitaille  All-Around 36.400
1988 Annette Nicolaus  All-Around 33.700

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