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Freshman Morgan Cook takes a season-high score of 38.400 into next Saturday's NCAA regionals in Seattle.
Courtesy: Michael Dinneen / UAA Athletics

Cook to make NCAA West Regionals trip

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 03/30/2012
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INDIANAPOLIS – Alaska Anchorage freshman gymnast Morgan Cook has moved into the all-around lineup for the NCAA Division I West Regional Championships, set for Saturday, Apr. 7 in Seattle.

Cook moved up from alternate status after California’s Mariesah Pierce withdrew due to injury. The Seawolf rookie will be one of five individual all-arounders who will rotate with the full squads from No. 4 Alabama, No. 9 Louisiana State, No. 16 Arizona, Iowa, Central Michigan and host Washington.

Cook will rotate with Arizona when the competition gets under way at 3 p.m. ADT at Alaska Airlines Arena.

The Hot Springs, Ark., native 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 D-I regionals. Cook posted her season-high of 38.400 on Mar. 11 against Michigan State.

All-Time UAA Qualifiers
NCAA Div. I West Regional Championships
Year Gymnast           Event(s)  Score
2012 Morgan Cook       All-Arnd     
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

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