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Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

Gymnasts add trio for 2014

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 07/09/2013
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ANCHORAGE – Gymnastics head coach Paul Stoklos added three talented newcomers to his 2014 roster on Tuesday, announcing that Natalia Joyce, Nicole Larkin and Brice Mizell have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Seawolves.

The trio will join eight returnees from last year’s squad that broke 17 school records, including team season averages on vault, bars, beam and overall.

“All three of these young women bring great all-around skill sets, and will blend with our returners to give us improved depth on every apparatus,” said Stoklos, who will begin his 30th season at the helm this January.

Joyce placed seventh in the all-around at the 2013 Region 7 Junior Olympics meet, advancing to JO Nationals, where she placed 31st. She hails from the same hometown as former Seawolf standout Lauren Agostino (2006-07, 08-09), Virginia Beach, Va., where she competed at the club level for Excalibur Gymnastics.

“An injury following 2012 regionals kept her from being noticed by a lot of bigger schools, so we are extremely excited about adding someone with her skill level,” said Stoklos. “She is especially strong on bars and floor.”

Larkin, from Kennewick, Wash., placed third in the all-around at the Region 2 JO meet in both 2012 and 2013, following with top-50 performances at JO Nationals both times. She competed at the club level for Mid-Columbia Gymnastics Academy.

“Nicole is a rapidly improving gymnast with tons of energy,” Stolkos said. “Right now she projects to help us most on bars and beam.”

Mizell, from Mill City, Ore., placed eighth in the Region 2 all-around competition in 2013 and went on to place 17th at the National Invitational Tournament. Competing for The Athletic Edge, Mizell was also sixth in the all-around at 2012 regionals and made the JO Nationals, where she finished 48th.

“Brice was very much under the radar with a great deal of potential,” Stoklos said. “As a coaching staff we are excited to work with her on her ever-expanding skill set.”


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