Seawolves tumble to fourth at gymnastics championships

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M’rcy Matsunami practices a routine.  (Photo courtesy of UAA Athletics / Sam Wasson)
M’rcy Matsunami practices a routine on the balance beam. (Photo courtesy of UAA Athletics / Sam Wasson)

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.

Led by freshman M’rcy Matsunami, who posted an all-around score of 38.575, the Seawolves lost out on third place to one of their top rivals, Air Force. The difference between the two schools was a mere .75 points.

The Seawolves had a season night on the floor exercises for the third consecutive meet. Freshman – and Seattle native – Stefany Bryan scored a career-high 9.625, while Nicole Wetzel posted a 9.5. Both had good nights, but it wasn’t enough to keep the ‘Wolves from finishing in the last spot.

Floor wasn’t the only standout event for the Seawolves. In spite of the rough ending for UAA, they had their second-best vault total in history by just .025 points. However, the team total of 191.850 tied for just their thirteenth-best score.

The MPSF Championship meet was the last team competition of the season for the gymnastics squad. They’ll now wait for the regional qualifying score rankings to be released next week, determining whether they will have any individuals make it to the NCAA West Regional Championship being held April 6 in Corvallis, Ore.