Seawolves go 1-1 in back-to-back gymnastics meets

Photos courtesy of Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics
Photos courtesy of Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

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.

Great overall performances from Falcons’ sophomores Sydney Clark and Shannon Escarra – who took second and third – weren’t enough to edge the home team.

Matsunami scored a staggering 38.675, which was the meet’s high-score. That number placed her in the parallel bars and balance beam and was good enough to get her first in the vault.

Emily Petersen represented as an upperclassman and had a career night, placing in two events. Her performance helped get the Seawolves their first win in 38 meets against their inner-division rivals.

Senior Corrine Wise delivered on both the floor exercise and vault, scoring a 9.775 in each event. Freshman Stefany Bryan was also a key player on the floor, putting up an individual score of 9.525.

However, it was the floor exercise that turned into the team’s Achilles heel in their 192.225-191.200 loss Saturday night.

“I feel like we did well, but we just always seemed to get crushed on floor,” said Bryan. “We could have done better – SPU is definitely a beatable team.”

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The Seawolves will look to add another win when they welcome the Eastern Michigan Eagles to town. The meet takes place at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Wells Fargo Sport Complex Center.