Gymnasts host Aggies for 'Pink Out' Sunday
Sunday, Feb. 16 — 2 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
UC Davis (5-8) at Alaska Anchorage (2-5)
ON TV: Sunday’s meet will be aired on a tape-delayed basis on KCFT (GCI cable Ch. 19) at 11 p.m. that evening.
ONLIVE VIDEO: A live, online version of Sunday's TV broadcast can be seen for free at UAA's Stretch Internet portal.
LIVE STATS: GoSeawolves.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook (Alaska Anchorage Seawolves), Twitter (@UAAGymnastics, @UAASeawolves) and Instragram (@alaskaanchorage)
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS: Fans attending Friday’s UAA-Bowling Green hockey game can receive a coupon good for free entry to Sunday’s UAA-UCD meet.
All-Time vs UC Davis: UCD leads 39-2 overall, 11-1 in Anchorage
Last Meeting: UCD 191.275-188.275 (1/13/14 at UAA) / Streak: UCD 10 / Notes: The last five meetings have all been in Davis … UCD won its last trip to Anchorage by a 190.050-189.550 count on Jan. 27, 2008 … first meeting was in 1985 … the Aggies are UAA’s third-most common opponent, with this marking the 42nd meeting.
‘PINK OUT’ PREVIEW: The Seawolves will look to upset their longtime nemesis and 4-time defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion in the first of three head-to-head meetings with the Aggies this year (Mar. 7 at Sac State tri-meet; Mar. 22 at MPSF Championships) … Sunday’s dual will serve as UAA’s annual ‘Pink Out’ meet to raise cancer awareness … UCD enters with a No. 37 ranking in Div. I, with a 193.713 season average and a high of 195.875 through six meets … UAA enters with a season average of 188.979.
NEW HIGH IN MIDWEST: The Seawolves went 0-3 on their 2-meet road trip the American heartland, losing a dual to Illinois State on Feb. 7 and falling to host Southeast Missouri and fellow visitor Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 9 … despite the losses, UAA set a season-high in the SEMO meet with 190.325 points … on Friday, sophomore Simone Penker paced UAA with a 9.7 on beam and a 9.65 on vault against the Redbirds, while getting all-around scores of 37.850 from sophomore Stefany Bryan and 37.575 from freshman Nicole Larkin … Bryan started the night with the best result of her career, posting a 9.75 on bars to finish third behind a pair of Redbirds … Penker produced her best results of 2014 as the Austrian finished runner-up on both vault (9.65) and balance beam (9.7), helping UAA stay within a point of the Redbirds after three rotations … UAA could not catch up on beam, though, despite Penker and a 9.675 score from junior Morgan Cook … Larkin filled in admirably as the rookie from Kennewick, Wash., produced personal bests on vault (9.5), bars (9.625) and floor exercise (9.7), in addition to the all-around … on Sunday, Bryan earned a 37.900 all-around to helps UAA to season bests overall (190.325), on bars (47.550) and on floor (48.175) … on floor, Bryan and freshman Kallie Randolph posted career- and team-season-highs with identical 9.725s, while redshirt freshman Julia York improved her personal best with a 9.7 … on bars, UAA’s European duo of Penker (Maria Saal, Austria) and Marie-Sophie Boggasch (Schwarzenbach am Wald, Germany) led the way with 9.65s, along with 9.55s from Bryan and Larkin … Cook – who was held out of the all-around due to a minor injury for the second straight meet – produced the Seawolves’ top placing of the day, tying for fourth with a 9.6 on balance beam, and Penker scored a 9.525 on beam to finish her most consistent weekend of the season … York produced UAA’s best vault of the day with a 9.6, while Boggasch and Bryan tallied 9.55s.
‘WOLVES HOWL AGAINST OWLS: UAA earned its first victories of 2014 by sweeping a Friday/Sunday dual series against Temple on Jan. 24 and 26 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex … in the first meet, junior Morgan Cook posted wins on vault (9.65) and in the all-around (38.125) to lead UAA to a 188.000-187.125 win … the Seawolves (1-2) also got solid all-arounds from freshman Brice Mizell and sophomore Stefany Bryan in their home debut … UAA led by only 0.025 of a point with two routines remaining in the final rotation, but Cook delivered a 9.625 and freshman Kallie Randolph earned a winning 9.675 on floor exercise to clinch it … down to just eight healthy gymnasts, the Seawolves got a boost from Cook, who tied freshman teammate Julia York for top honors on vault and posted a 9.55 on balance beam … freshman Brice Mizell, performing her first career all-around, tied Cook for team-high honors on beam with a 9.55, along with a 9.275 vault … Bryan tied for the win on bars (9.55), while freshman Nicole Larkin posted personal bests on bars (9.5) and floor (9.575), finishing third on both events … in the rematch, Bryan earned a career-high 38.150 all-around to pace 190.150-188.100 victory … the Seawolves (2-2) also got all-around scores of 37.850 from Cook and 37.300 from Mizell as they broke 190 for the first time this year … UAA got off to a strong start on vault, taking the top three positions on that event and leading throughout the meet … Cook led the way with a 9.65, while sophomore Marie-Sophie Boggasch and York tallied 9.625s … the Seawolves extended their advantage thanks to Cook’s 9.65 and a career-high 9.625 for Bryan on balance beam, and local freshman Kallie Randolph anchored the Seawolves with a winning 9.7 on floor exercise — her fourth straight floor score of 9.675 or better to start her career.
OPENING WEEK HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore M’rcy Matsunami topped a field of three all-arounders (all Seawolves) with a 38.325 performance at Seattle Pacific in the season-opener, boosted by team-bests of 9.625 on vault and 9.675 on floor … local freshman Kallie Randolph also had a strong debut, tying Matsunami with a 9.675 on floor, while sophomore Stefany Bryan produced a team-best 9.5 on balance beam … at UC Davis, Bryan put up a 36.825 all-around, including a 9.6 on bars … Randolph and junior Morgan Cook tied for a team-high 9.675 on floor, sophomore Simone Penker had a 9.7 on beam and sophomore Marie-Sophie Boggasch had UAA’s highest score of the young season with a 9.75 vault.