ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage gymnastics coach Paul Stoklos has kicked off his team's 2018 recruiting class with the announcement Wednesday that talented all-arounder Hope Nelson has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Seawolves.

From Newport News, Va., Nelson has been a four-year Level 10 competitor and three-time regional qualifier for World Class Gymnastics, recently placing third on beam at the 2017 L10 Region 7 meet. Among her other successes this year, she won bars with a 9.725, placed runner-up on beam with a 9.525 and was third in the all-around at the Virginia L10 State Championships.

“Hope has very strong skills on both bars and beam, and terrific potential to be an all-arounder in our lineup,” said Stoklos, who will enter his 34th season at UAA in 2018. “With the love of the sport that I know she has, plus her strong work ethic, we believe she can step in and be a solid part of the program for the next four years.”

Nelson was a JO Nationals qualifier as a high school junior in 2016, and earned top-5 placements on bars, beam and all-around at that year's Region 7 Championships.

The Seawolves – who compete at the NCAA Div. I level in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation – lose three seniors from their 2017 lineup.