THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE GYMNASTICS ...

Sat., Mar. 24 — 4 pm ADT — Cadet West Gym — Colorado Springs, Colo.
2018 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships
(Air Force, UAA, UC Davis, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Seattle Pacific)

MEET HOMEPAGE: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-gym/archive/030618aaq.html
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/videos/live.html
LIVE STATS: https://roadtonationals.com/results/schedule/meet/23405

MEET PREVIEW: The 17th annual MPSF Women’s Gymnastics Championships meet will be contested Saturday night at Cadet West Gymnasium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... this will mark UAA’s 16th league meet since the Seawolves joined the MPSF in 2003 ... UAA has one league title to its credit, earned on the same floor at Air Force in 2009 ... UC Davis owns a league-high six titles, followed by Sacramento State (5), San Jose State (2), Seattle Pacific (2) and UAA (1) ... host Air Force is the lone program without an MPSF title to its credit.

THE FIELD: The 2018 MPSF Championships figure to be a tightly contested competition ... San Jose State won the 2017 title, dethroning 2016 winner, Sacramento State ... the Seawolves sport a season-high score of 191.950 and are 71st in the overall NCAA rankings with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 190.180 ... joining UAA on Saturday will be 46th-ranked UC Davis (high of 196.350, RQS 195.010), No. 50 San Jose State (195.050, 194.655), No. 52 Sacramento State (195.400, 194.475), No. 57 Air Force (194.500, 194.100) and No. 65 Seattle Pacific (193.225, 192.045).

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY ...
Year UAA Pl. Score   Team Champ  UAA indiv. champ(s)
2002 N/A (5) N/A     Sac St.     N/A
2003 6th (6) 187.300 Sac St.     None
2004 4th (6) 193.750 SJSU        None
2005 6th (6) 189.275 Sac St.     Ingram-V-t
2006 3rd (4) 190.950 SPU         Portlock-AA/V/FX-t
                                 Agostino-FX-t
2007 3rd (4) 187.850 SPU         None
2008 3rd (4) 192.825 UC Davis    Fullerton-FX-tie
2009 1st (4) 192.825 UAA         Boswell-UB
                                 Agostino-V-t
2010 4th (4) 190.725 UC Davis    None
2011 4th (4) 190.475 UC Davis    Fullerton-FX
2012 4th (4) 188.300 UC Davis    None
2013 4th (4) 191.850 UC Davis    None
2014 6th (6) 192.200 Sac St.     None
2015 4th (6) 193.700 UC Davis    Matsunami-UB
2016 5th (6) 192.850 Sac St.     None
2017 6th (6) 191.750 SJSU        Hyderally-BB-tie

LAST TIME OUT: Freshman Isabelle Fox scored a 38.575 all-around and senior Kendra Daniels highlighted a season-best team performance on floor exercise as UAA scored 191.925 points at the Sacramento State Invitational at the Hornets’ Nest on Mar. 9 ... the Seawolves missed their 2018 season high by just 0.025 as they finished behind No. 20 California (196.650), Minnesota (196.475) and host Sacramento State (195.175) in the team competition ... Fox led the Seawolves with a 9.675 on vault and a 9.7 on balance beam, while her 9.775 on floor was 3rd-best on the squad ... Daniels (9.85), sophomore Kennedy Green (9.65) and junior Kaylin Mancari (9.8) all posted career highs on floor, with Daniels tying for the 17th-best score in program history and UAA’s second-best this year ... sophomore Mackenzie Miller had a 9.75 and freshman Michaela Phillips tallied 9.675 as UAA’s 48.850 floor total ranked 5th-best in program history and set a season high for the second straight meet ... freshman Hope Nelson tied her career high on bars with a 9.75 to lead the way for UAA on that apparatus, and Miller scored a 9.725 ... sophomore Sophia Hyderally also made her season debut in a return from injury, earning a 9.625 on bars ... Daniels had a 9.625 and Mancari and senior Madeleine Arbuckle had 9.55s to complement Fox on beam, while Miller earned a career-high 9.525 on vault.

2017 MPSF RECAP: Then-freshman Sophia Hyderally tied for the individual title on balance beam with a school-record 9.925 to highlight her team’s evening at the 16th annual MPSF Championships last year in San Jose ... the Seawolves finished sixth with 191.750 points despite posting the second-best balance beam score in program history at 48.700 ... host SJSU edged defending champion UCD for the overall team title, 195.925 to 195.525 ... thirteen days after scoring a program-record 48.950 on beam in their home finale, the Seawolves made history again thanks to Hyderally, a 9.825 from Kendra Daniels and a 9.650 from Kaylin Mancari ... Daniels had previously broken the individual beam record on Feb. 19 with a 9.9 at UC Davis ... with her effort, Hyderally joined all-time Seawolf greats Elena Tkacheva (1994-97) and Dominique Ingram (2003-05) as the only gymnasts in program history to record at least a 9.925 on any apparatus ... she also became just the ninth Seawolf to earn an individual MPSF title and the first to do it on balance beam ... senior Kallie Randolph led the way on floor with a 9.725, while Mackenzie Miller posted a team-best 9.675 on uneven bars.

TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves’ 48.850 floor total at Sacramento State ranked 5th-best in program history ... UAA’s season-high 48.425 on beam at SPU on Feb. 23 ranked 11th in program history, while the 48.350 vs. Cortland on Jan. 12 tied for 18th-best ... UAA’s season-high 191.950 at SPU is tied for 26th on the program’s overall list ... with the hiring of Tanya Ho last spring, UAA doubled the number of coaches in its gymnastics history, as program founder Paul Stoklos had led the Seawolves since 1985.

GYMNAST NOTES: Senior Kendra Daniels won balance beam in four straight meets from Jan. 21-Feb. 11, including her UAA season-high 9.875 performance at the Seawolf Invitational, which ranked No. 3 on the program’s all-time list ... Daniels has nine career event victories to now rank No. 9 on the program list since UAA moved to Div. I in 2004 ... Daniels became just the fifth Seawolf gymnast to reach the 9.9 plateau with her then-program-record beam routine at UC Davis last February, joining Dominique Ingram (9 times, 2004-05), Elena Tkacheva (5 times, 1996-97), Lauren Agostino (once, 2009) and M’rcy Matsunami (once, 2015) on that elite list ... Daniels has been one of the most consistent beam performers in program history on beam, with nine routines of 9.8 or better, including two this season ... an Oregon native, Daniels also has the Seawolves’ top average on floor this year, with her 9.704 tying for No. 7 on UAA’s single-season list ... freshman Isabelle Fox leads the Seawolves with eight event victories this season, marking the most for a UAA freshman since M’rcy Matsunami had 10 in 2013 ... Fox’s all-around average of 38.392 and RQS of 38.525 rank 6th on UAA’s respective program lists and rank 3rd- and 2nd-best for a freshman ... the Houston native also owns top-12 average and RQS mark on balance beam with current stats of 9.597 and 9.690 ... in addition to her team-best all-around average, Fox is producing UAA’s 2nd- or 3rd-best average on each of the four apparatus ... sophomore Mackenzie Miller tied for the 7th-best bars score in program history with her 9.875 against Cortland on Jan. 14 ... Miller has UAA’s 2nd-best bars average at 9.594 – currently No. 13 on UAA’s single-season list – and posted her career-best 38.200 all-around performance at Centenary on Feb. 9 ... freshman Hope Nelson sports UAA’s top averages on bars (9.700) and beam (9.654), with those marks on pace for 2nd- and 4th-best in program history, respectively ... Nelson won both of her specialist events in her collegiate debut against Cortland, and she posted another win on bars at Centenary ... freshman Isabella Scalapino and junior Kierra Abraham have leant consistency to UAA’s vault lineup, with Scalapino scoring between 9.475 and 9.65 on all seven of her efforts, and Abraham tallying between 9.5 and 9.625 in all nine meets ... the Seawolves are finishing the season with 11 healthy gymnasts, although senior Madeleine Arbuckle – last year’s team MVP – and Hyderally have returned to action late in the campaign ... the Seawolves lost senior Morgan Ross, sophomore Sophie Riley, sophomore Tere Alonso and sophomore Louisa Marie Knapp to off-season surgeries or preseason injuries.