THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE GYMNASTICS ...
Fri., Jan. 12 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Cortland (0-1) at Alaska Anchorage (0-0)
Sun., Jan. 14 — 2 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Cortland at Alaska Anchorage
TV: Both meets live statewide on GCI Cable channels 907 (hd) & 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM: Both meets free at portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
LIVE STATS: Friday: www.goseawolves.com/fls/13400/Gymnastics/20180112.htm ... Sunday: www.goseawolves.com/fls/13400/Gymnastics/20180114.htm
TICKETS: $10 regular / $8 for UAA staff/faculty/alumni or military, youth (3-18) and seniors (60+) ... group discount (10+) for $6 ... single-meet tickets can also be purchased online at GoSeawolves.com or AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com.
BRIEF SEASON PREVIEW: The Seawolves return 11 of 14 letterwinners from last year’s team, including a trio of 4th-year seniors in Madeleine Arbuckle, Kendra Daniels and Morgan Ross ... Arbuckle and Ross both bring all-around experience, while sophomore Mackenzie Miller could also compete on all four events ... first-year head coach Tanya Ho will also have four talented freshmen on her 15-woman squad.
SCOUTING THE RED DRAGONS: An NCAA Div. III program from New York state’s Southern Tier region, Cortland made its season debut last week in a 184.450-183.800 road loss to rival Brockport ... UAA will be one of two Div. I program the Red Dragons will face this year ... led by 20th-year head coach Gary Babjack, Cortland competes against primarily Div. II and III programs, under the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics (formerly USAG) banner.
SERIES HISTORY: UAA leads 2-0 ... first two meetings were Jan. 10 & 12, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, with the Seawolves taking victories of 187.950-183.800 and 188.125-187.250.
2017 SEASON RECAP: UAA showed resiliency throughout the season, overcoming several key injuries to post a 4-7 dual record and a season average of 190.295 ... the Seawolves went unbeaten in their four home meets at the Alaska Airlines Center and posted a season-high of 192.700 on Feb. 19 at UC Davis ... the team recorded one of its best seasons ever on both balance beam and floor exercise, including successive school beam records for both Kendra Daniels and Sophia Hyderally ... Morgan Ross earned a pair of All-MPSF awards, while fellow all-arounder Madeleine Arbuckle was voted Team MVP.
BEAM RECORD FALLS IN 2017 HOME FINALE: Led by a 38.225 all-around from Madeleine Arbuckle and a solid three-event effort from Kendra Daniels, UAA crushed its program record on balance beam Mar. 5 in a 192.600-190.475 dual meet victory over Centenary at the Alaska Airlines Center ... the Seawolves broke the previous beam mark of 48.650 with a 48.950, getting 9.825s from senior Kallie Randolph and Sophia Hyderally, plus 9.8s from senior Brice Mizell and Kaylin Mancari ... Hyderally and Randolph equaled the 7th-best beam scores for a Seawolf, while Daniels added a 9.7 to cement the historic team effort.
TEAM NOTES: Thirteen of the top 20 team scores in program history have occurred since 2015, including last year’s season-high of 192.700 (Feb. 19 at UC Davis), which ranks 14th on the all-time list ... four of the top 10 beam scores in program history came last season, including the record of 48.950 vs. Centenary and the No. 2 mark of 48.700 at the MPSF Championships ... 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 became just the fifth Seawolf gymnast to reach the 9.9 plateau with her then-program-record beam routine at UC Davis last Feb. 19, 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 was been one of the most consistent beam performers in program history on beam, with six scores of 9.8 or better ... sophomore Sophia Hyderally joined Daniels as the sixth Seawolf to crack the 9.9 barrier joined the Tkacheva and Ingram as the only UAA gymnasts to register a 9.925 score on any apparatus when she tied for the beam title at last year’s MPSF Championships ... Hyderally’s 9.825 on Mar. 5 also equaled the 8th-best beam score for a Seawolf ... seniors Morgan Ross and Madeleine Arbuckle were UAA’s primary all-around performers last season, with Arbuckle posting three 38-plus efforts ... Arbuckle’s victories in the all-around and on vault Mar. 5 marked the first individual wins of her career ... Ross and junior Kierra Abraham (V, FX) are both returning from season-ending injuries in 2017 ... Ross had UAA’s best floor exercise season average and was 4th-best in program history last year at 9.750, while Daniels was just behind her in 7th place at 9.704 ... Daniels’s 2017 season beam RQS of 9.775 was also 4th place on that program list.