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Courtesy: Michael Dinneen / UAA Athletics

2012 UAA Gymnastics Season Recap

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 05/01/2012
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BRIEF SEASON RECAP: Overcoming injuries and early-season adversity, the Seawolf gymnasts finished strong with highs in their final three regular-season meets ... UAA posted 192.625 points in its final home meet against Michigan State for the 6th-best score in program history and the 2nd-highest at the WFSC ... six Seawolves earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors and four made the league's all-academic squad, while freshman Morgan Cook became just the 10th UAA gymnast to earn an all-around berth in the NCAA Division I West Regional Championships.

COOK BOOKS NCAA TICKET: Freshman Morgan Cook earned a 37.435 regional qualifying score in eight all-around performances to become the first Seawolf since Leah Wilson in 2009 and the 11th UAA gymnast ever to qualify for the NCAA Div. I West Regional Championships ... Cook posted a score of 36.700 in the Apr. 7 all-around competition at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle ... the Arkansas native recorded her best efforts on balance beam with a 9.525 and on floor exercise with a 9.475 ... she was one of five individual all-around qualifiers from non-competing teams.

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

TEAM NOTES: UAA's 192.625 total in the second Michigan State meet was 6th-best in program history and its 2nd-highest home score ever, trailing just the 193.000 against Kentucky in the 2009 regular-season finale ... the Seawolves' Mar. 11 beam score of 48.225 ranked 5th on the all-time school list, while the 48.000 on bars tied for 11th ... the Seawolves produced three of the top 25 vault scores in program history in the last five meets ... both bars scores against MSU ranked in the top 14 on the all-time list, while the Mar. 11 beam total of 48.225 ranked No. 5 in school annals ... UAA's 187.950 score on Jan. 8 was the 2nd-best opening-day total in program history, behind a 191.275 in 2005.

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW: Freshman Morgan Cook placed 3rd in the all-around but the Seawolves could not overcome a rough night on bars and beam as they finished fourth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Davis, Calif., Mar. 24 ... UC Davis won its 3rd straight title with 193.675 points, outdistancing runner-up Seattle Pacific (191.150), Air Force (189.125) and UAA (188.300) ... UAA also got a fine individual effort from senior Kaelei Spoor in her final collegiate meet, earning UAA's highest placing of the evening with a team-season-high 9.825 on floor to tie for 3rd place ... Spoor also matched senior Kathleen Mantell's 9.8 on balance beam as the pair tied for 4th on that event ... Cook recorded a 9.75 on beam and finished with a 38.075 all-around and finish 3rd among seven competitors ... senior Shakea Sanders, also competing in her final collegiate meet, scored a team-high 9.65 on vault, while sophomore Emily Petersen (9.5) and freshman Paige Pirie (career-high 9.45) led the Seawolves on bars.

ALL-MPSF SQUAD: Senior Shakea Sanders earned her 6th career all-league honor to lead a contingent of six Seawolves on the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Conference Team, which is  decided by the top regional qualifying scores (RQS) among the conference's gymnasts ... Sanders recorded the MPSF's 6th-best RQS on vault at 9.695 ... it was her 4th career honor on vault, along with floor exercise accolades her first two seasons ... sophomore Melissa Doucette and freshman Sariaye Jensen both made all-conference on a pair of events - Doucette posted the league's 5th-highest RQS on vault (9.720) and was 8th on floor (9.635), while Jensen placed 6th on uneven bars (9.690) and 7th in the all-around (37.340) ... freshman Morgan Cook was the No. 6 all-around performer with a 37.435 final RQS, while sophomore Emily Petersen and senior Kathleen Mantell also earned their first career all-league awards ... Petersen was the No. 5 bars performer (9.695), while Mantell made it on balance beam (9.525).

SMART SEAWOLVES: Four Seawolves were honored for their classroom success as the MPSF announced its 2012 Women's Gymnastics All-Academic Team in April ... sophomore Emily Petersen, a management major, led the way for UAA with a 3.87 overall grade-point average - 4th-best among the 18 honorees ... senior Jackie Thomas earned her second career honor with a 3.57 GPA in biological sciences, while fellow senior Kathleen Mantell made it for the second straight year with a 3.26 in psychology ... sophomore Melissa Doucette joined Petersen as a first-time honoree with a 3.45 in physical education.

MORE GYMNAST NOTES: Sophomore Melissa Doucette tied the 12th-best vault score in program history with her 9.825 on Feb. 12 against Air Force ... with a 38.131 average in five meets, the New Hampshire native became the seventh Seawolf to top a 38-point all-around average ... Doucette and freshman Morgan Cook tied for the Seawolves' top all-around performance this year with 38.400 points ... sophomore Emily Petersen's final average bars average of 9.679 topped Dominique Ingram's UAA season record of 9.662 ... Petersen scored no lower than 9.5 on bars all season, and her 9.825 beam routine against Michigan State tied the 4th-best score in program history ... senior Kaelei Spoor produced UAA's best floor routine of the season with a 9.825 at the MPSF Championships.

SENIOR SEND-OFF: The Seawolves said goodbye to four seniors in 2012, including 4-year performers Shakea Sanders (Federal Way, Wash.), Kaelei Spoor (Rome, N.Y.) and Jackie Thomas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ... UAA also got major contributions from 2nd-year letterwinner Kathleen Mantell, who joined the program as a redshirt in 2010 ... complete bios for the seniors and all UAA student-athletes are available at GoSeawolves.com.

INJURY REPORT: Sophomore Melissa Doucette missed time periodically throughout the season with a shoulder injury ... freshman Chelsey Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury in UAA's Green & Gold intrasquad scrimmage on Dec. 11.

2012 Honors & Awards
Morgan Cook
NCAA Div. I West Regional Championships all-around qualifier
All-MPSF Team (AA), Mar. 27
Melissa Doucette
MPSF co-Gymnast of the Week, Jan. 17-23
All-MPSF Team (V, FX), Mar. 27
MPSF All-Academic Team, Apr. 30
Sariaye Jensen
All-MPSF Team (UB, AA), Mar. 27
Kathleen Mantell
All-MPSF Team (BB), Mar. 27
MPSF All-Academic Team, Apr. 30
Emily Petersen
All-MPSF Team (UB), Mar. 27
MPSF All-Academic Team, Apr. 30
Shakea Sanders
All-MPSF Team (V), Mar. 27
Jackie Thomas
MPSF All-Academic Team, Apr. 30

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