WOODLAND, Calif. – The Alaska Anchorage gymnastics program has earned its second straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation academic team title and its third straight national top-20 finish as the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) recently released its 2017 Scholastic All-American team.

The Seawolves defended their MPSF Academic Team Championship from 2016 by carrying the top overall grade point average in the six-team conference at 3.5933. UAA, which became the first MPSF program to win a second MPSF academic team title, had the No. 16 GPA among the nation’s 82 NCAA women’s gymnastics programs. The Seawolves finished a program-best No. 7 in last year’s competition and No. 14 in 2015.

Requiring a minimum 3.50 cumulative or year-long GPA to qualify for individual recognition, UAA placed 10 of its 14 gymnasts (71%) on this year’s NACGC Scholastic All-American team. Only 12 schools across the nation, regardless of division, had a higher percentage of its total gymnasts earn the honor.

Southern Utah (3.8867) finished atop the 2017 team standings with a 3.8867 GPA.

Representing UAA and tying for the nation’s top year-long 4.00 GPA were Madeleine Arbuckle (environment & society) and Mackenzie Miller (accounting). Other Seawolves among the honorees were Kendra Daniels (health sciences, 3.90), Sofie Riley (elementary education, 3.87), Louisa Marie Knapp (physical education, 3.87), Morgan Ross (languages, 3.82), Tere Alonso (engineering, 3.79), Kennedy Green (health sciences, 3.71), Kaylin Mancari (natural sciences, 3.66) and Brice Mizell (sociology, 3.56).

Arbuckle and Ross were repeat honorees from last year, while Arbuckle, Ross, Mizell, Mancari, and Daniels were each named to the MPSF All-Academic team this past spring.

In addition to her perfect GPA from the 2016-17 academic year, Arbuckle also owned the second-best cumulative GPA amongst all MPSF Gymnasts (3.91). The junior all-conference honoree set career-highs in all five of her events this past year with a 9.7 or better on the vault, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor, along with a 38.350 in the all-around.

Ross earned three all-conference honors this past year, including the fourth-best floor average in program history (9.750). Daniels posted the fourth-best beam regional qualifying score in team history (9.775), while becoming the first Seawolf ever with four career beam scores of 9.825 or better. Mancari was a second-team All-MPSF honoree on beam, while Mizell delivered the best season in her career, particularly on vault in which she recorded the squad’s second-best season average (9.528).

2017 NACGC Women’s Gymnastics
Scholastic Team Awards – Top 20
Rk School Team       GPA
1. Southern Utah     3.8867
2. Boise State       3.8593
3. Texas Woman’s     3.8271
4. UW-LaCrosse       3.7644
5. Western Michigan  3.7072
6. West Chester      3.6989
7. Lindenwood        3.6668
8. Illinois State    3.6563
9. Northern Illinois 3.6470
10. Oregon State     3.6452
11. Centenary        3.6360
12. Springfield      3.6179
13. Eastern Michigan 3.6119
14. Bowling Green    3.6065
15. Alabama          3.6026
16. Alaska Anchorage 3.5933
17. Kent State       3.5924
18. Washington       3.5780
19. Arizona State    3.5706
20. Stanford         3.5483