THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE GYMNASTICS ...
Sat., Feb. 3 — 6 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska Anchorage (3-2) vs Air Force (1-2) and Sacramento State (0-8)
TV: Live statewide on GCI Cable channels 907 (hd) & 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM: Free at portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
LIVE STATS: www.goseawolves.com/fls/13400/Gymnastics/20180203.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.
SEAWOLF INVITATIONAL PREVIEW: The Seawolves will host their first multi-team meet and utilize the Alaska Airlines Center’s main arena for the first time since hosting the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in March 2015 ... Saturday’s tri-meet will be a sneak preview of this year’s league meet, featuring fellow MPSF programs Air Force and Sacramento State.
ROTATION ORDER: 1) UAA vault, Air Force bars, Sac State beam ... 2) UAA bars, Air Force beam, Sac State floor ... 3) Sac State vault, UAA beam, Air Force floor ... 4) Air Force vault, Sac State bars, UAA floor.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Sacramento State comes into Saturday with a season average of 192.356 and a high of 193.275, although the Hornets have not been able to break into the win column in their first four meets ... Sac State’s Caitlin Soliwoda brings an impressive 38.900 all-around average as well ... Air Force has averaged 192.625 in its three competitions, posting a season high of 193.425 in its season opener ... the Falcons are feature two all-arounders with plus-38 averages, Tyler Davis (38.325) and Mariana Murphy (38.175).
ALL-TIME vs AIR FORCE: Air Force leads 30-20 overall
In Anchorage: UAA leads 14-8
Last: UAA 194.125-191.975 (3/13/16 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 2
Notes: The Seawolves have had more head-to-head success against the Falcons than any other MPSF program ... UAA leads 11-8 since joining the MPSF in 2003 ... series began in UAA’s first season of gymnastics in 1985.
ALL-TIME vs SACRAMENTO STATE: Sac State leads 43-9
In Anchorage: Sac State leads 17-5
Last: Sac State 194.400-190.900 (2/3/17 at Sac State)
Streak: Sac State 30
Notes: Sac State leads 12-0 in head-to-head meetings since UAA joined the MPSF in 2003 ... UAA’s last victory came Mar. 7, 1992 in Sacramento ... UAA’s last home win came Jan. 17, 1992.
LAST TIME OUT: Any injury-plagued Seawolf squad posted scores of 188.300 and 186.150 in road meets at Lindenwood Jan. 19 and Illinois State on Jan. 21, managing a victory over Centenary in the Lindenwood tri-meet ... in the first outing, freshman Isabelle Fox won the all-around for the third time in as many meets with a 38.425, while sophomore Mackenzie Miller placed runner-up in the all-around with a career-high 38.050 ... Lindenwood dominated by taking at least the top three spots on all four events, with freshman Isabella Scalapino placing fourth on vault with her 9.625 ... Miller and Fox led the way for UAA on bars with a 9.675 and a 9.65, respectively, while Fox placed fifth overall on beam with a 9.625 ... junior Kaylin Mancari scored a 9.7 to pace the Seawolves on floor exercise, along with a 9.575 from Fox ... in the second meet, senior Kendra Daniels earned a victory on balance beam, while Mancari recorded a career-high 9.75 to finish runner-up on floor exercise ... Daniels and Fox tied for third on floor with 9.725s, while Fox was runner-up in the all-around with a 37.725 total ... Miller was the Seawolves’ top performer on uneven bars with a 9.575, while Scalapino placed third on vault with a team-best 9.65.
CORTLAND CONQUERED: Paced by impressive debuts from freshman Isabelle Fox, UAA started the season with scores of 188.825 and 190.975 in home victories over Cortland, Jan 12 & 14 ... in the first meet, the Seawolves got a 38.375 all-around from Fox, plus a solid 3-event outing for junior Kaylin Mancari as they earned a win for Tanya Ho in her collegiate head-coaching debut ... junior Kierra Abraham paced the hosts with a 9.525 on vault, and freshman Hope Nelson made a splash with a winning 9.75 on uneven bars in her first routine ... the Seawolves earned a 48.350 beam score that ranked No. 17 in program history, with Nelson’s 9.8 standing as the best beam score ever by a Seawolf in a season-opening meet or collegiate debut ... freshman Michaela Phillips tallied a 9.75 on beam in her first college routine, and Fox capped her impressive premiere with a winning 9.7 on floor exercise ... in the Sunday rematch, Fox delivered an impressive 38.725 all-around and sophomore Mackenzie Miller, earned a 37.900 all-around, equaling the 7th-best uneven bars routine in program history with a 9.825 ... Fox earned a 9.625 on vault, 9.675 on bars, 9.65 on balance beam and a winning 9.775 on floor, barely missing UAA’s all-time top 25 list in the all-around ... Nelson scored a runner-up 9.725 on bars and a 9.6 on beam, and Phillips earned a 9.7 mark on floor ... on beam, Mancari finished runner-up with a 9.7, while senior Kendra Daniels was runner-up on vault as the Oregon native stuck a career-high 9.65.
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.