With nearly half a new team, the Seawolves begin the new season with a prospective future in sight.
The UAA Gymnastics squad hosts their first home meet of the season this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Alaska Airlines Center when they entertain the Brigham Young University Cougars. The meet will mark the third time the team has competed this season. The Seawolves hosted a Green-and-Gold intra-squad scrimmage in mid-December before flying to Ohio for a January 23 dual-meet with the Bowling Green Falcons. Despite losing the meet 194.075-191.500, several Seawolves performed up to their potential.
Junior Julia York competed in the beam and floor events in Bowling Green, two events in which the Seawolves have deepest reserves. Despite the stiff competition among her teammates, York remains optimistic about her events.
“I started to go downhill and I wasn’t making my routines and I didn’t know why,” York said. “Then I just realized I wasn’t being confident and that changed everything.”
The team is comprised of 17 members this season after welcoming four freshmen to the team, including Kierra Abraham, Morgan Colee, Erica Man, and Kaylin Mancari. The whole roster is expected to compete this weekend.
For the Seawolves to be successful this season, gymnastics coach Paul Stoklos said they will need to improve on one event in particular.
“Bars is our toughest event. We have people who can’t do bars anymore who came in as bar workers and so were really limited in our depth,” Stoklos said. “Whereas on some of the other events we have maybe 8 or 9 people.”
Senior M’rcy Matsunami will be one of the Seawolves competing in the bars, along with the vault, beam, and floor exercise. As the only UAA gymnast to qualify for last season’s NCAA West Regional tournament as an all-arounder, the Nebraska native has plenty of reasons to be eager for one last season with the Seawolves.
“I’m really excited for this season, also really sad because I’ve been doing gymnastics for 21 years, since I’ve been born,” Matsunami said. “After I’m done, its just going to be a shock, I think.”
After this weekend, the Seawolves will only have two more home meets, on March 11 and 13 against conference-rival Air Force.
UAA students taking 6 or more credits get in free to all home UAA athletic events. For more on the gymnastics team, visit goseawolves.com.
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The UAA gymnastics team started its first season in the Alaska Airlines Center with two strong victories against Winona State University. UAA beat Winona State 191.550-178.450 last Thursday and 192.250-185.275 last Saturday. On Thursday night M’rcy Matsunami placed first in all events except the floor in which she scored second. Kallie Randolph won the floor…
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March 1, 2014
In the final event at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex last Sunday, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves competed against the Lindenwood University Lions in a gymnastics meet. Freshman Julia York posted a score of 9.675 on the vault. The Seawolves lost the vault event to the Lions by a score of 48.450 to 47.850.
11. That’s the total number of Seawolves who have captured a spot at the NCAA Division I West Regional Championships since 1988. On April 6 in Corvallis, Ore., freshman M’rcy Matsunami will tack on one more gymnast to the tally.
It wasn’t a great night for the Seawolf gymnastics team Saturday, as they finished fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship meet in Seattle, Wash.
The Seawolf gymnastics team is gearing up for the last leg of the season. Through seven meets, the club appears capable of a strong finish.
The Seawolves pulled off a win despite a close scoring margin in Friday’s gymnastics meet against the Seattle Pacific Falcons. Freshman gymnast M’rcy Matsunami was a stunner in this one, leading the ‘Wolves to a 191.675-191.575 victory.
UAA may know Paul Stoklos as being the Seawolf Gymnastics coach since the program began in 1985 but he has a hobby that he is just as passionate about away from the mats and bars.
“When I got into ski patrolling here somebody told me, ‘well there’s this guy who’s a ski patrol instructor’ and that was Bill Tai, who was my link into Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs,” Stoklos said.
TNL Sports Editor, Taylor Hall, does a Q&A with UAA Gymnast, Melissa Doucette.
How did you get started in gymnastics?
It was in a “Mommy and Me” class. I saw others doing it and decided I wanted to join in on it.
The Seawolves’ gymnastics team has the skill, attitude, and determination to come out on top of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference, and from the looks of it are already vaulting toward that goal.
The UAA gymnasts are averaging about the same scores as they did last season at this point. Recently took 2nd place at a tournament in Towson, Md. Earlier in the year, they tumbled past the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons for two home wins.