Sports Briefs

Seawolves post home record against Kentucky in gymnastics
Paced by sophomore Leah Wilson’s all-around victory, the UAA Seawolves recorded their top home meet score of all-time and the second best overall in a 195.850-193.000 loss to No. 24 University of Kentucky Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Four individual career-highs were also established en route to the next Seawolf team mark.
UAA’s team score ranks second on the all-time list, trailing only a score of 193.750 at the MPSF Championships in March of 2004. The score bypasses the Wells Fargo Sports Complex record set earlier this season in February against Temple (192.150).
Wilson’s career-high 38.975 in the all-around just nipped Kentucky’s Hillary Ferguson (38.950). The score places Wilson second on the UAA all-time list. Dominique Ingram holds the UAA record with 39.125.
Junior Courtney Williams and sophomore Maria Puricelli each contributed personal bests on the vault Sunday. Both Seawolves were in a three-way tie for seventh with freshman Shakea Sanders after posting a 9.725. The score tied Sanders best vault performance.
UAA’s Wilson earns another MPSF
UAA sophomore Leah Wilson was named Tuesday as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week after posting two of the best all-around scores in school history in losses to Kentucky, Mar. 13 and 15.
The Port Coquitlam, B.C., native started her weekend with a 38.825 score on Friday, and followed Sunday with a 38.975 for the No. 2 total in UAA history, coming just 0.15 short of tying the school record.
Her 9.825 beam routine Sunday was the fourth best score ever for a Seawolf on that apparatus and was the fourth time she has tallied a 9.8 or better on beam since Feb. 2.
Wilson’s effort helped the Seawolves to the second-best team score in school history as well, earning 193.000 points on Sunday.
This is the second GOW award for Wilson – on pace to break the school all-around average record at 38.483 – who also won it Feb. 24.
The Seawolves are back in action Friday when they face UC Davis, Seattle Pacific and host Air Force at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Colorado Springs.
UAA’s Barker honored by NABC
UAA senior Kenny Barker added another postseason honor to his resume Friday when he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ West Region All-District Team.
A unanimous All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference First Team honoree, the 6-3 guard earned Second Team honors from the NABC, recognizing him as one of the top 12 players in the 27-team West Region.
Barker, a 6-3 guard from San Diego, Calif. (Claremont HS), ranked among the GNAC’s top 10 in seven different statistical categories, and was the only player to do so in scoring (18.7 ppg, 4th), rebounding (6.3 rpg, 9th) and assists (4.2 apg, 5th). In league games only, he ranked second in scoring (20.4 ppg) and dished 4.9 assists per game.
In his lone season at UAA, Barker reached the 20-point mark in 15 games, including a GNAC-season-high 38 points in a home victory over UAF. That outing on Jan. 31 also tied him for No. 8 on UAA’s single-game scoring list and was the most ever for a Seawolf against the Nanooks.