Matsunami makes NCAA vault lineup
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