ANCHORAGE – Coming off the best season in program history, head coach Tanya Ho unveiled the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics program’s 2019-20 recruiting class Friday, announcing that Kenadi Brown, Joanna Chambers and Mackenzie Robinson have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Seawolves.
“All three signees are true all-arounders and I expect to see them vying for lineup spots on each event next season,” said Ho, who enters her third season at UAA after being named the 2019 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year. “We think this class will provide a strong foundation for our future as well.
“Kenadi is a strong bar swinger and is a great performer on floor, while Joanna will make an immediate impact in the vault lineup, having performed a 10.0 value vault in Junior Olympics. Mackenzie brings international experience and will compete for Jamaica this July in the upcoming Pan Am games.”
An all-arounder from Las Vegas, Nevada, Brown has competed at Level 10 for two seasons as a member of the Gymcats club team. She scored 9.425 on both vault and beam at the 2019 Region 1 Championships last month, and she was seventh in the all-around, third on floor and fifth on beam at the Nevada State Championships in March. As a high school sophomore in 2017, Brown was ranked as a Level 9 national top 100 gymnast by MyMeetScores.com.
From Georgetown, Texas, Chambers is a 5-year Level 10 competitor, including three years at the senior level, training with Acrotex Gymnastics. She finished fifth in the all-around at the Region 3 Championships in April to earn her second straight berth to the Junior Olympics national meet, where she placed 26th on vault with a 9.6.
Chambers earned podium placements on vault in five of her eight meets this season, including wins at the Yellow Rose Invitational, WOGA Classic and Metroplex Challenge. She also won bars and was all-around runner-up at the Yellow Rose. Chambers placed 17th in the all-around and eighth on vault with a 9.675 at 2018 JO nationals.
From Mississauga, Ontario, Robinson will bring extensive international experience to the Seawolf lineup, having represented Jamaica at the 2017 and 2018 FIG World Championships. This season, she posted a career-high 46.950 all-around on the international scoring scale at the WOGA Classic, including marks of 12.750 on vault and 12.200 on beam.
Robinson has also competed at the Pan-American Championships and the International Gymnix meets.
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