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SEAWOLF QUICK FACTS ∙ TABLE OF CONTENTS ∙ MEDIA INFO

QUICK FACTS GENERAL INFORMATION

Name: University of Alaska Anchorage Location: 3211 Providence Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508 Founded: 1977 Enrollment: 19,692 Nickname: Seawolves Colors: Green & Gold Affiliation: NCAA Division I Conference: Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Chancellor: Fran Ulmer Athletics Director: Dr. Steve Cobb Athletic Dept. Phone: 907-786-1230 Ticket Office Phone: 907-786-1293

2008 Seawolf Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Quick Facts/Table of Contents/Media Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2008 Seawolf Season Preview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

COACHING STAFF/ROSTER

Head Coach Paul Stoklos/Assistant Coach Tami Monette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2008 Seawolf Roster/Support Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

s STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES

Lauren Magiera (SENIOR). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Jessica Portlock (SENIOR). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Meagan Byrne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Micki Cole. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Brooke Nall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Courtney Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Newcomers Booth/Boswell/Fullerton/Mock/Puricelli/Wilson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Paul Stoklos, 24th season Alma Mater: Arizona (’81) Phone: 907-786-1229 Email: coach@uaa.alaska.edu Assistant Coach: Tami Monette, 13th season Graduate Assistant: Melissa Jabaay, 2nd season

UAA STATISTICS/RECORDS/HISTORY

2006 Season Review/Mountain Pacific Sports Federation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 All-Time Letterwinners/USAG All-Americans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 All-Time Seawolf Top Scores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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TEAM INFORMATION

2007 Dual Record: 0-11 2007 MPSF Finish: 3rd of 4 Letterwinners Returning: 6 Letterwinners Lost: 3 Newcomers: 6 Team Captains: Meagan Byrne, Brooke Nall Home Arena (capacity): Wells Fargo Sports Complex (1,250) TEAM HISTORY

First Year of Gymnastics:1985 Div. I Since: 2004 SPORTS INFORMATION

SID/Gymnastics Contact: Nate Sagan Office Phone: 907-786-1295 E-Mail: nate@uaa.alaska.edu Home Phone: 907-278-6283 SID Fax: 907-563-4565 Press Row Phone: 907-786-4877 Website: GoSeawolves.com SUPPORT STAFF

Athletic Trainer: Chris Volk Office Phone: 907-786-1326 Ticket Manager: Mary Beth Wooden Office Phone: 907-786-1293

MEDIA GUIDELINES: For credentials or interview requests, please contact the UAA Sports Information Office at least one day in advance. Sports Information produces weekly press releases and game notes ­complete with statistics for each sport during the season. Please contact the SID or surf to www.GoSeawolves.com to obtain ­infor­mation.

UAA Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Anchorage & Alaska. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 University of Alaska Anchorage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

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Media Outlets Anchorage Daily News Van Williams — Sports Editor 1001 Northway Drive, Anchorage, AK 99504 Phone: (907) 257-4335 / Fax: (907) 257-4342

KTUU-TV (NBC – Channel 2) John Carpenter — Sports Director 701 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503 Phone: (907) 762-9229 / Fax: (907) 563-3318

KIMO-TV (ABC – Channel 13) Mark Drake — Sports Director Phone: (907) 762-8818 / Fax: (907) 561-8934 2700 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99507

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GoSeawolves.com The 2008 UAA Gymnastics media guide was written, edited, designed and compiled by sports information director Nate Sagan. Editorial and design assistance was provided by Tad Dunham. Primary photography by Michael Dinneen. Printing by A.T. Publishing & Printing, Inc. It is the policy of UAA to provide services and benefits to all students and employees without regard to race, color, religion, national ­origin, sex, age, disability or status as a Vietnam-era veteran. This ­official publication was released by the University of Alaska Anchorage, produced at a cost of $3.28 per copy to ­promote Seawolf Gymnastics. ON THE COVER: Seniors Lauren Magiera and Jessica Portlock, along with junior co-captain Brooke Nall (background) lead UAA into the 2008 campaign.

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The Northern Light Suzanna Caldwell – Sports Editor University of Alaska Anchorage 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 Phone: (907) 786-1567 / Fax: (907) 786-1331

KRUA Radio (88.1 FM) William Caynor – Sports Director University of Alaska Anchorage 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 Phone: (907) 786-6803 / Fax: (907) 786-6809

KCFT-TV (Channel 19) Tom Steigleman – General Manager 6401 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99504 Phone: (907) 377-2020/ Fax: (907) 333-9851

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n the Seawolf, the University of Alaska Anchorage has one of the more unique mascots in the country. Originally nicknamed the Sourdoughs, UAA adopted the Seawolf moniker in 1977. The name Seawolf represents a mystical sea creature and, ac­cording to the legend of the Seawolf, anyone fortunate enough to view it was subject to good luck. The exact nature or shape of the Seawolf, however, was left to the imagination and thus the creature has been depicted in many forms throughout the years. The Seawolf of today was introduced in 1985. Created by the Clark Mishler & Associates Company of Anchorage in cooperation with a University committee, it represents an adaptation of a more traditional Alaska totemic-like characterization of the mythical Seawolf.

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2008 ALASKA ANCHORAGE SEASON PREVIEW

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hen Paul Stoklos took on the challenge of moving the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics program to the Division I level five years ago, he knew it would not be an overnight process to get the Seawolves competitive with the sport’s top schools. Now in the dawn of the 2008 season, Stoklos is beginning to see the progress made through the past few seasons, both in UAA’s scores and the recruiting scene. “Last season (0-11, 3rd place at MPSF Championships) was not one we hope to repeat in terms of dual record,” said the 24th-year head coach. “But in the general scheme of things, it was just a wobble. We still built up and had our best performances at the end of the season.” Add a deep and talented six-woman recruiting class, and the Seawolves will be on the prowl for some upsets in 2008. “We have probably the strongest team and the most amount of depth that we’ve had in years,” Stoklos said. “Right now walking into the meet season we have 12 athletes, all healthy and ready to compete. We have pretty good depth on beam and floor, but we’re a little short on bars. I still think we’re going to have the strongest team that we’ve had in the history of the program.” While youth will dominate the roster (six freshmen, three sophomores), the Seawolves will depend heavily on a pair of 4th-year seniors in Jessica Portlock and Lauren Magiera. Portlock, a homegrown talent from Arctic Gymnastics Club and Dimond High, is looking to return to the all-around for the first time since capturing the 2006 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title in 2006. Now fully recovered from the ankle injury she suffered at that year’s West Regional meet, Portlock has been training well lately on all four events. “Jessica is very hungry and intense to have a good senior year,” Stoklos said. “She’s in excellent physical condition. She’s ready to go on vault, bars and floor, and we should have her back in the beam lineup by midseason.” Magiera, meanwhile, has been a steadying force in her three previous seasons, posting career-bests of 9.775 on beam, 9.75 on bars and 9.525 on vault. The Chicagoan even competed her first allarounds last season and earned a secondteam All-MPSF nod on bars. Second-year co-captain Brooke Nall is UAA’s lone junior in 2008. The Washington native helped to solidify the lineup last year, earning career-highs of 9.35 on both vault and floor.



4RIGHT: Sophomore Meagan Byrne should be one of UAA’s top performers on balance beam. 6BELOW LEFT: Courtney Williams was UAA’s firstteam All-MPSF selection in the all-around as a freshman in 2007. 64BELOW RIGHT: Senior Lauren Magiera has been a steady presence throughout the UAA lineup since 2005, competing on all four events last year.

Courtney Williams leads a promising sophomore class, returning with a career-high 38.275 all-around already in the books. Stoklos looks for the Texan to perform especially well on vault and bars. Fellow sophomores Meagan Byrne and Micki Cole make it six total returnees for UAA. Byrne will be a key performer on vault and could break into the lineup on beam as well, while Cole should come back from a tough rookie year to contribute on bars, beam and floor. Stoklos went to five different states and British Columbia for his 2008 freshman class, spearheaded by all-arounder Kristy Boswell (New Jersey) and threeevent standout Kelsey Fullerton (Texas).

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“Kristy is going to be a solid all-arounder. We’ll be looking for her to score on every event in every meet,” said Stoklos. “As for Kelsey, we’re looking for her to be a team leader on both vault and floor — she’s very strong on those events. She also has a very high difficulty level on beam.” St. Louis native Maria Puricelli should be one of the Seawolves’ top bars workers and vaulters in her rookie campaign, while Canadian Leah Wilson is still working her way back from injury but should be a factor in the vault lineup. Freshmen Lindsey Mock (Washington) and Rebekah Booth (Louisiana) will both try to crack the Seawolf lineup as walkons.


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Head Coach ü 24th Season

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he only gymnastics coach the University of Alaska Anchorage has ever known, Paul Stoklos keeps taking the Seawolves to new heights as he embarks on his 24th season in 2008. Over the past five seasons, Stoklos has overseen UAA’s transition from Division II to Division I, and boosted the team’s talent to its highest level ever. In fact, the 20 best team scores in program history have all come since 2004, The 2005 Seawolves set six school records, including dualmeet winning percentage, and produced four USAG All-America certificates as Stoklos captured his second consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year award. The previous season, the Seawolves won six USAG All-America certificates - including two individual national titles - and broke 16 school

records. Stoklos came to UAA THE STOKLOS FILE in 1985 and proceeded to build a solid and tal- Hometown: Brookfield, Wis. Education: B.S., General Studies, ented team that has had Univ. of Arizona, 1981; three national champi- M.S., Exercise Science, ons, 12 All-Americans Arizona, 1984 and 37 Academic AllHead Coaching Achievements Americans. (UAA, 1985-present) Team performance is Has coached... important to Stoklos, 3 USAG National Champions (5 titles) who wants his gym12 All-Americans (39 awards) nasts to think of their 12 NCAA West Regional Qualifiers routines in terms of 37 Div. II Academic All-Americans an overall team effort. Topping his list of stu2004 MPSF Coach of the Year dent-athlete priorities, 2005 MPSF Co-Coach of the Year however, is academics, evidenced by the fact that his team consistently produces AllAmerican Scholar certificates. Prior to coming to UAA, Stoklos served as a gymnastics coach as an undergraduate and grad assistant at the University of Arizona for seven years, helping to bring a fledgling program from ground level to a national ranking in just four years. Stoklos was an excellent athlete in his own right, earning varsity letters in football, track and gymnastics in high school. He was a competitive skydiver at the University of Arizona where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1981 and a master’s degree in exercise science in 1984. An avid and experienced downhill and cross-country skier, Stoklos is a member of the Mt. Alyeska Ski Patrol. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, scuba diving, skydiving and is a rated private airplane pilot. Stoklos lives in Anchorage with his girlfriend, Kim Glover, and their three canine companions, Sam, a terrier mix, and German shepherds Buck and Mora. He is also a member of the Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs.

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TAMI MONETTE Assistant Coach ü 13th Season

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n her 13th season as assistant coach for the Seawolf gymnastics team in 2008, Tami Monette has become an integral part of the program. Monette was voted the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation co-Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006, repeating the honor she won outright in 2005. Monette has an extensive background in gymnastics as a competitor, head coach, compulsory judge and club owner. She has served two stints as head coach for the Anchorage Gymnastics Association, from 1993-95 and from 1978-85. Monette currently serves as an age-group director at the state level. She is USA safety-certified and has served as a judge at levels five through seven. She has placed gymnasts on Region II teams to Nationals from 1985 through 1995.

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2008 ALASKA ANCHORAGE ROSTER & SUPPORT STAFF Alphabetical Roster NAME Rebekah Booth Kristy Boswell Meagan Byrne (C) Micki Cole Kelsey Fullerton Lauren Magiera Lindsey Mock Brooke Nall (C) Jessica Portlock Maria Puricelli Courtney Williams Leah Wilson

HT YR EXP HOMETOWN (High School/Club Team) 5-5 5-6 4-11 5-0 5-3 5-6 5-5 5-6 5-1 5-3 5-7 5-4

Fr. Fr. So. So. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. Fr.

HS HS 1V 1V HS 3V HS 2V 3V HS 1V HS

Roster Breakdown

Gonzales, La. (Hosanna Christian/Athletes in Motion) Cherry Hill, N.J. (Cherry Hill West HS/Will-Moor Sch. of Gym.) Arcadia, Calif. (AHS/SCATS Gymnastics) Phoenix, Ariz. (Paradise Valley HS/Phoenix Gymnastics Acad.) Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus HS/Texas Dreams Gymnastics) Carpentersville, Ill. (Barrington HS/American Academy) Langley, Wash. (South Whidbey HS/Leading Edge Gym. Acad.) Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Bainbridge HS/Zero Gravity Ath.) Anchorage (Dimond HS/Arctic Gymnastics) Chesterfield, Mo. (JFK Catholic HS/GymQuarters GC) San Angelo, Texas (Calallen HS/NW Kids Sport) Port Coquitlam, B.C. (Riverside Sec./Calgary [Alb.] Sports Cmplx)

By Class

Seniors – 2 (Magiera, Portlock) Juniors – 1 (Nall) Sophomores – 3 (Byrne, Cole, Williams) Freshmen – 6 (Booth, Boswell, Fullerton, Mock, Puricelli, Wilson)

By StatE/province

Texas – 2 (Fullerton, Williams) Washington – 2 (Mock, Nall) California – 1 (Byrne) Alaska – 1 (Portlock) Arizona – 1 (Cole) Illinois – 1 (Magiera) Louisiana – 1 (Booth) Missouri – 1 (Puricelli) New Jersey – 1 (Boswell) British Columbia – 1 (Wilson)

HEAD COACH: Paul Stoklos (Arizona ‘81), 24th season ASSISTANT COACH: Tami Monette, 13th season GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH: Melissa Jabaay, 2nd season

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

Magiera...................... muh-JARE-uh Stoklos....................... STOKE-lohs

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MELISSA JABAAY

Sports Information Director

Student Assistant Coach

(9th Season at UAA)

(2nd Season at UAA)

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ormer UAA gymnast Melissa Jabaay returns to Coach Paul Stoklos’ staff in 2008 as a student assistant coach. An accomplished dancer and choreographer, she will concentrate on the finer points with the Seawolves on floor exercise. After competing for the Seawolves in 1999, the Birmingham, Ala., native has pursued a professional performing career, working as a dancer for three seasons in various productions at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., and later becoming the dance supervisor in charge of casting, hiring, teaching and choreography. Jabaay (formerly Morgan) has performed in Australia, New Zealand and Italy as an Alabama Dance Ambassador and danced professionally in the Miss Alabama and Miss America Homecoming Productions. She is currently pursuing a degree from UAA in theatre with a dance emphasis. Jabaay and her husband Aaron have a newborn daughter, Cathryn Elizabeth.

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AA graduate Nate Sagan is in his ninth year overall and his eighth as the primary media contact for Seawolf gymnastics. After internships at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Oregon, Sagan returned to his alma mater in 1999 and assumed head SID duties three years later. In addition to serving as the media liaison for UAA’s 11 intercollegiate sports, he is also responsible for the department’s publications and the GoSeawolves.com website. The Kansas City, Mo., native earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communication from UAA in 1997, and he is a 1991 graduate of East Anchorage High School. He and his wife Christine are the parents of two daughters -Petula (5) and Daphne (2).

Sports Medicine Staff

CHRIS VOLK

Head Athletic Trainer (13th Season at UAA)

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ead athletic trainer Chris Volk is in her 13th season with the UAA Athletic Department. Volk cares for the treatment and prevention of injuries to Seawolf student-athletes, and manages the overall operation of the department’s Sport Medicine office. A 1979 graduate of the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Volk also earned a master’s degree in biology from UD in 1986. She is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. She and her husband Rick are the parents of three children — Megan (20), Cody (18) and Casey (16).



Head Team Physician Dr. Jeff Moore, MD Team Physician Emeritus William G. Mills, Jr., MD Team Physicians Richard McEvoy, MD Paul Steer, MD Sports Medicine Consultants Joella Beard, MD Keith Brownsberger, MD Ross Brudenell, MD Leo Bustad, MD Leslie Dean, MD

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Jay Derksen, DM Mary Ann Foland, MD Robert Gieringer, MD Larry Levine, MD C.J. Little, MD Nell Loftin, MD Brett Mason, DO William J. Mills, MD David McGuire, MD Jan Nyboer, MD Greg Stone, DM George Stransky, MD Kenneth Swayman, DPM Tom Vasileff, MD Judith Whitcomb, MD


SEAWOLF GYMNAST PROFILES GoSeawolves.com

Lauren Magiera SENIOR 5-6 Carpentersville, Ill. Barrington HS/ American Academy 2007: Bars average of 9.463 was second-best on team and 12th-best in school history … scored between 9.375 and 9.6 on 11 of 12 bars routines … added vault and floor to repertoire in latter half of season … enjoyed top meet in home finale against Ball State with career-high 37.675 all-around, 9.525 vault and 9.1 floor exercise, plus season-high 9.5 on beam … named second-team All-MPSF on uneven bars … earned spot on All-MPSF Academic Team with 3.12 overall GPA. 2006: Contributed on vault, bars or beam in all 14 regular-season meets, including three times on all three events ... team’s third-most consistent bars worker with a 9.371 season average ... 9.75 bars routine at Air Force (Mar. 20) tied for 15th place on Seawolves’ all-time list. 2005: Worked bars in all 14 meets and saw action 11 times on beam ... tied for team season-high and 10thbest beam score in school history with 9.775 in victory at Air Force (Jan. 28) ... posted five beam scores of 9.525 or higher ... season beam average of 9.357 ranked No. 16 in school history ... season-best 9.375 bars score came in season-opener at Maui. BEFORE UAA: Recorded third-place finishes on vault and bars, sixth on beam and seventh in the all-around at the Illinois State High School meet as a senior in 2003, helping Barrington High to the state title ... broke Illinois state high school bars record with a 9.9 to earn Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Week award. PERSONAL: Born Feb. 22, 1985 ... daughter of Hank and Nancy Magiera ... theatre major.

MAGIERA’s SEASON BESTS Year Vault 2005 (Fr.) — 2006 (So.) 9.325 2007 (Jr.) 9.525

Bars 9.375 9.750 9.600

Beam 9.775 9.750 9.500

Floor — — 9.100

All-Around — — 37.675

MAGIERA’S CAREER BESTS

Vault: 9.525 vs Ball State, 3/18/07 Uneven Bars: 9.750 at Air Force, 3/20/06 Balance Beam: 9.775 at Air Force, 1/30/06 Floor Exercise: 9.100 vs Ball State, 3/18/07 All-Around: 37.675 vs Ball State, 3/18/07

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SEAWOLF GYMNAST PROFILES

Jessica Portlock SENIOR 5-1 Anchorage, Alaska Dimond HS/ Arctic Gymnastics 2007: First-team All-MPSF selection on bars and second-team on floor exercise ... season bars average of 9.521 ranked No. 6 in school history ... won bars against Iowa (Feb. 11) with 9.825 to tie for No. 5 score in UAA history ... finished season with 9.525 or better on last four bars routines, including 5thplace showing at MPSF Championships with a 9.65 ... tied for team-best floor routine at MPSFs with 9.7 ... season-high 9.775 on floor also came against Iowa (Feb. 9) ... competed only bars and floor due to lengthy recovery from ankle injury suffered in April 2006 ... earned second straight selection to MPSF All-Academic Team with 3.51 overall GPA. 2006: Capped stellar regular season by winning all-around with a 38.900 at MPSF Championships ... voted MPSF Gymnast of the Year by the league’s coaches after claiming the vault and floor (tie) titles ... won three MPSF Gymnast of the Week awards and dominated All-MPSF teams with first-team selections on bars, beam, floor and all-around, and second-team on vault ... posted three of the top six all-around scores in school history, including school No. 2 38.925 in upset win at Western Michigan ... owned UAA’s top 2006 scores on every event but vault ... No. 1 individual qualifier (among schools not sending full squads) in the allaround for the NCAA Div. I West Regional Championships ... suffered leg injury midway through Regional meet ... 38.900 all-around at MPSF tied for third-best score in UAA history ... season all-around average (38.237) was No. 3 in Seawolf history, while beam average (9.523) was No. 5 ... All-MPSF Academic honoree ... Team MVP. 2005: Became second Seawolf ever to earn season averages of 9.45 or better on all four apparatus ... top all-around score of 38.625 (Jan. 7) ranked No. 11 in school history ... bars score of 9.85 vs. Hamline was third-best in school history ... scored between 9.55 and 9.65 on 10 of 12 floor routines ... bars average of 9.573 and beam average of 9.513 were both 4th-best in school history ... Team MVP. BEFORE UAA: Finished third on vault and 30th in the all-around at 2001 Level 10 Nationals. PERSONAL: Born Jessica Marie Portlock on Mar. 5, 1986 in Anchorage ... daughter of James and Cindy Portlock ... psychology major.



PORTLOCK’S SEASON BESTS Year Vault 2005 (Fr.) 9.625 2006 (So.) 9.775 2007 (Jr.) —

Bars 9.850 9.775 9.825

Beam 9.775 9.725 —

Floor 9.650 9.825 9.775

PORTLOCK’S CAREER BESTS

All-Around 38.625 38.925 —

Vault: 9.775, three times (last: vs. Iowa, 2/9/07) Uneven Bars: 9.850 vs Hamline, 3/12/05 Balance Beam: 9.775 at Maui Invitational, 1/7/05 Floor Exercise: 9.825 vs Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2/18/06 All-Around: 38.925 at Western Michigan, 2/26/06

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SEAWOLF GYMNAST PROFILES GoSeawolves.com

Meagan Byrne Sophomore 4-11 Arcadia, Calif. Arcadia HS/ SCATS Gymnastics –TEAM CO-Captain– 2007: Delivered solid freshman campaign, competing on vault and beam in all 12 meets ... produced three of top four vault scores in last four meets, including 9.625 in home finale vs. Ball State ... scored seasonhigh 9.525 on beam in lone all-around performance, Jan. 21 vs. Sacramento State ... saw spot duty on floor exercise and bars ... received Most Coachable Award at team banquet. BEFORE UAA: Trained at SCATS Gymnastics club, helping her team to first place at the California state Level 10 meet. PERSONAL: Born Meagan Leigh Byrne on Nov. 10, 1987 in Hollywood, Calif. ... daughter of Steven and Marlene Byrne ... biological sciences major.

BYRNE’S SEASON BESTS Year Vault 2007 (Fr.) 9.625

Bars 8.800

Beam 9.525

Floor 9.000

All-Around 35.700

BYRNE’S CAREER BESTS

Vault: 9.625 vs Ball State, 3/18/07 Uneven Bars: 8.800 vs Sacramento State, 1/21/07 Balance Beam: 9.525 vs Sacramento State, 1/21/07 Floor Exercise: 9.000 vs Iowa, 2/11/07 All-Around: 35.700 vs Sacramento State, 1/21/07

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Micki Cole Sophomore 5-0 Phoenix, Ariz. Paradise Valley HS/ Phoenix Gymnast Acad. 2007: Competed in 11 meets, including three all-around performances ... scored season-highs of 9.25 on vault at Ball State (Jan. 28) and on beam at Utah State (Mar. 2) ... received Hardest Worker Award at season-ending team banquet. BEFORE UAA: Level 10 regional qualifier and Level 9 Western National qualifier competing for Phoenix Gymnastics Academy ... 2002 Level 8 State Gymnast of the Year. PERSONAL:: Born Marion Michelle Cole on Aug. 27, 1988 in Fort Riley, Kan. ... daughter of Jim and Leslie Cole ... marketing major.

COLE’S SEASON BESTS Year 2007 (Fr)

Vault 9.250

Bars 9.175

Beam 9.250

Floor 8.825

COLE’S CAREER BESTS

Vault: 9.250 at Ball State, 1/28/07 Uneven Bars: 9.175 at Sacramento State, 2/16/07 Balance Beam: 9.250 at Utah State, 3/2/07 Floor Exercise: 8.825 vs Iowa, 2/9/07 All-Around: 35.525 vs Iowa, 2/9/07



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Brooke Nall Junior 5-6 Bainbridge Island, Wash. Bainbridge HS/ Zero Gravity Athletics –TEAM CO-Captain– 2007: Team co-captain competed in 11 of 12 meets, mainly on vault and floor exercise ... consistent on vault, scoring between 9.1 and 9.35 in every performance ... scored season-highs of 9.35 on vault and 9.25 on floor at Utah State (Mar. 2) ... earned spot on MPSF All-Academic Team with 3.33 overall GPA. 2006: Performed on vault, floor and beam in 11 meets ... season-high 9.35 came on floor Mar. 20 at Air Force ... sprung 9.3 vault Jan. 20 at Seattle Pacific. BEFORE UAA: Won the Washington Class 3A high school all-around title in 2004 and 2005, helping lift Bainbridge High to its first state gymnastics title as a senior ... high school state champ on vault and floor as a junior and beam and bars a senior ... also won back-to-back district all-around titles in 2004 and 2005. PERSONAL: Born April 23, 1987 ... daughter of James and Carolyn Nall ... anthropology major.

NAll’S SEASON BESTS Year Vault 2006 (Fr.) 9.300 2007 (So.) 9.350

Bars — —

Beam 9.000 9.025

Floor 9.350 9.250

All-Around — —

NALL’S CAREER BESTS

Vault: 9.350 at Utah State, 3/2/07 Uneven Bars: N/A Balance Beam: 9.025 at Sacramento State, 1/21/07 Floor Exercise: 9.350 at Air Force, 3/18/06 All-Around: N/A

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SEAWOLF GYMNAST PROFILES

Courtney Williams Sophomore 5-7 Corpus Christi, Texas Calallen HS/ NW Kids Sport GC 2007: Earned Seawolves’ first-team All-MPSF honor in the all-around (37.105 avg.) and was second-team on balance beam (9.229) ... season bars average of 9.336 ranked No. 18 in UAA history ... competed all-around in nine of 12 meets, missing just one rotation each on vault, bars and floor ... finished 6th in all-around at MPSF Championships with a 36.725 ... season-best 38.275 all-around came in home finale against Ball State (Mar. 18), scoring between 9.525 and 9.6 on all four events ... topped 9.5 mark on six of 11 vaults ... tied for 4th on bars against Iowa (Feb. 11) with season-best 9.75 ... top floor score (9.675) also came against Hawkeyes. BEFORE UAA: Won 2006 Level 9 Texas state title on uneven bars and was runner-up in the all-around, competing for the Northwest Kids Sport club team ... also placed third on beam and tied for fourth on floor at Level 9 State meet ... as a sophomore in 2004, was the state prep all-around champion at her hometown San Angelo Central High School ... became first-ever Central gymnast to win a state title, helping her school to a runner-up team finish. PERSONAL: Born Courtney Rae Williams on April 25, 1988 in Nacogdoches, Texas ... daughter of Kim and Blaine Williams ... elementary education major.

WILLIAMS’ SEASON BESTS Year Vault 2007 (Fr.) 9.600

Bars 9.750

Beam 9.575

Floor 9.675

WILLIAMS’ CAREER BESTS

Vault: 9.600 vs Ball State, 3/18/07 Uneven Bars: 9.750 vs Iowa, 2/11/07 Balance Beam: 9.575 at Sacramento State, 2/16/07 Floor Exercise: 9.675 vs Iowa, 2/11/07 All-Around: 38.275 vs Ball State, 3/18/07

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All-Around 38.275


SEAWOLF GYMNAST PROFILES

Kristy Boswell

Freshman 5-5 Gonzales, La. Hosanna Christian Acad./ Athletes in Motion

Freshman 5-6 Cherry Hill, N.J. Cherry Hill West HS/ Will-Moor Sch. of Gym.

BEFORE UAA: Won state all-around titles at levels 4, 5 and 7, competing for Athletes in Motion ... level 8 regional qualifier and state floor exercise champion in 2005 ... nominated for The (Baton Rouge) Advocate Athlete of the Year award in 2007. PERSONAL: Born Rebekah Lynn Booth on June 12, 1989 in Baton Rouge, La. ... daughter of Joseph and Ann Booth ... has two sisters, Kristin and Holly ... physical education major.

BEFORE UAA: State high school bars champ in 2005 and 2006 ... twice earned first-team all-state honors ... New Jersey optional bars champ in 2006 and ‘07 ... won Region 7 bars title in 2007 ... named New Jersey Gymnast of the Year by Trenton Star-Ledger. PERSONAL: Born Kristy Anne Boswell on Oct. 22, 1988 in Camden County, N.J. ... daughter of Alan and Carol Boswell ... has two siblings, Kelly and John ... major is undeclared.

Kelsey Fullerton

Lindsey Mock

Freshman 5-3 Flower Mound, Texas Marcus HS/ Texas Dreams Gymnastics

Freshman 5-5 Langley, Wash. South Whidbey HS/ Leading Edge Gym. Acad.

BEFORE UAA: Posted USAG Level 10 all-around best of 38.525 ... won all-around at 2004 Pikes Peak meet and finished third at 2004 Kurt Thomas Invitational ... missed 2006 season with broken leg ... competed at Level 10 since 2003. PERSONAL: Born Kelsey Ann Fullerton on Nov. 21, 1988 in Carrollton, Texas ... daughter of Doug and Jo Ann Fullerton ... has two siblings, Adam and Devin ... major is undeclared.

BEFORE UAA: Level 9 regional vault champ in 2005 and ‘07 ... finished 7th on vault at 2007 Western Nationals ... other 2007 regional results included 4th on beam and runner-up all-around ... helped Leading Edge capture 2007 Level 9 team state title. PERSONAL: Born Lindsey Rae Mock on June 29, 1989 in Anacortes, Wash. ... daughter of John and Janet Mock ... has two siblings, Nicole and Nathan ... psychology major.

Maria Puricelli

Leah Wilson

Freshman 5-3 Chesterfield, Mo. JFK Catholic HS/ GymQuarters

Freshman 5-4 Port Coquitlam, B.C. Riverside Secondary/ Calgary (Alb.) Gym. Club

BEFORE UAA: Qualifier for 2006 Level 10 Nationals ... won multiple state titles on uneven bars for GymQuarters Gymnastics Center ... earned GymQuarters’ 110% and Most Improved awards. PERSONAL: Born Maria Michelle Puricelli on Mar. 7, 1989 in St. Louis, Mo. ... daughter of Michael Puricelli, Teresa Jennewin and Whitney Venhaus ... has three siblings, Laura, Bekah and Ben ... interests include music and Guitar Hero ... biology major.

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Rebekah Booth

BEFORE UAA: Uneven bars champ, runner-up in the all-around and fourth-place finisher on vault at 2006 Canadian Nationals ... 3time BC provincial all-around title champ (2004-06) and 5-time vault titlist (2002-06). PERSONAL: Born Leah Lauren Wilson on May 14, 1989 in Vancouver, British Columbia ... daughter of Bill and Loa Wilson ... has one brother, Tim ... major is undeclared.

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2007 IN REVIEW / SEAWOLF FACILITIES

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he 2007 Seawolf gymnasts finished with an 0-11 dual record, but showed consistent improvement as the year progressed, finishing with a season-high 190.275 score in its regularseason finale. UAA placed third of four teams at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, topping rival Air Force. In just the program’s fourth season as a full-fledged Division I member, UAA continued to earn national respect with road trips to Illinois State and Utah State, and a pair of home duals against Iowa of Senior Rachael Lehmkuhl was UAA’s Team the Big Ten. MVP in 2007.

2007 UAA INDIVIDUAL HonoRS LAUREN AGOSTINO

BROOKE NALL (co-captain)

All-MPSF First Team: V , BB All-Academic MPSF All-MPSF 2nd Team: BB, AA

All-Academic MPSF

Jessica Portlock

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RACHAEL LEHMKUHL

All-MPSF First Team: FX All-MPSF Second Team: V , AA All-Academic MPSF Team MVP

LAUREN MAGIERA

All-MPSF Second Team: UB All-Academic MPSF

All-MPSF First Team: UB All-MPSF Second Team: FX All-Academic MPSF

(DUAL RECORD: 0-11) Meet/Opponent SACRAMENTO STATE SACRAMENTO STATE at Illinois State at Ball State IOWA IOWA at Sacramento State at Cal State Fullerton Utah State BALL STATE BALL STATE MPSF Championships (at SPU)

Result L, 183.800-191.225 L, 184.150-192.150 L, 185.425-188.375 L, 186.575-189.325 L, 189.675-192.125 L, 188.475-193.725 L, 186-750-193.050 L, 181.775-189.375 L, 186.750-194.525 L, 186.600-189.425 L, 190.275-192.750 3rd of 4, 187.850

Home meets in ALL CAPS at Wells Fargo Sports Complex

2007 TOP SCORES

team V — 47.950 vs Ball State, Mar. 18 UB — 47.625 vs Ball State, Mar. 18 BB — 47.325 vs Iowa, Feb. 9 FX — 47.950 vs Iowa, Feb. 9 Total — 190.275 vs Ball State, Mar. 18

individual V — 9.775, Lauren Agostino at Sacramento State, Feb. 16 UB — 9.825, Jessica Portlock vs Iowa, Feb. 11 BB — 9.825, Lauren Agostino vs Ball State, Mar. 18 FX — 9.825, Lauren Agostino vs Iowa, Feb. 9 AA — 38.675, Lauren Agostino vs Iowa, Feb. 9

All-Academic MPSF

COURTNEY WILLIAMS

All-MPSF First Team: AA (Apr. 3) All-MPSF Second Team: BB

AA hosts its home meets on campus in the 1,250-seat Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The gym, which has housed Seawolf gymnastics, basketball and volleyball since 1978, provides a comfortable atmosphere for both competitors and fans.

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Date Jan. 19 Jan. 21 Jan. 26 Jan. 28 Feb. 9 Feb. 11 Feb. 16 Feb. 18 Mar. 2 Mar. 16 Mar. 18 Mar. 30

TIFFANY STATON (co-captain)

Seawolf FACILITIES

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2007 MEET RESULTS

Seawolf gymnasts also make use of the WFSC’s other facilities — weight room, fitness center, 25-meter pool, jogging track and sauna — for training and recreation. The Seawolves train off-campus at the Anchorage Gymnastics Association facility in Midtown. UAA gymnastis have exclusive use of the AGA gym for proactice. The facility offers 12 competition beams, four sets of uneven bars and two spring floors, as well as a loose foam pit for vaulting, tumbling and bars. The gym includes almost 23,000 square feet of training space.

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ALL-TIME SEAWOLF TOP SCORES INDIVIDUAL

ALL-AROUND 1. 193.750 2. 192.075 3. 191.850 4. 191.575 5. 191.375 6. 191.350 7. 191.275 8. 191.225 9. 190.950 190.950

at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 at Sacramento State, 2/15/04 at Western Michigan, 2/26/06 vs Hamline, 3/12/05 at Air Force, 3/18/06 vs Texas Woman’s, 2/12/05 at Maui Invitational, 1/7/05 at Seattle Pacific, 3/19/05 vs San Jose State, 3/13/04 at MPSF Championships, 3/24/06

VAULT

1. 48.375 at Western Michigan, 2/26/06 2. 48.300 at Air Force, 3/20/06 3. 48.250 at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 4. 48.225 at Air Force, 3/18/06 5. 48.175 at Sacramento State, 2/15/04 6. 48.100 at MPSF Championships, 3/24/06 7. 48.025 at Northern Illinois, 2/22/04 8. 47.950 vs San Jose State, 3/13/04 47.950 at Seattle Pacific, 3/19/05 47.950 vs SPU & Nebraska, 3/11/06 47.950 vs Ball State, 3/18/07

UNEVEN BARS

1. 48.825 at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 2. 48.075 vs Hamline, 3/12/05 3. 48.000 vs San Jose State, 3/13/04 4. 47.875 at Sacramento State, 2/15/04 5. 47.750 at UC Davis, 2/27/05 6. 47.725 at MPSF Championships, 3/24/06 7. 47.625 at Western Michigan, 2/26/06 47.625 vs Ball State, 3/18/07 9. 47.575 at Air Force, 3/18/06 10. 47.550 vs MIT, 1/10/04 47.550 vs Texas Woman’s, 2/12/05

BALANCE BEAM 1. 48.575 2. 48.275 3. 48.200 4. 48.175 5. 48.150 6. 48.050 7. 47.975 8. 47.925 47.925 47.925 47.925

at Seattle Pacific, 2/7/04 at Northern Illinois, 2/22/04 at Sacramento State, 2/15/04 vs San Jose State, 3/12/04 at UC Davis, 3/7/03 at MPSF Championships, 3/25/05 at Maui Invitational, 1/7/05 vs Springfield, 3/23/96 at Air Force, 1/28/05 at Air Force, 1/30/05 at Michigan State, 2/26/06

FLOOR EXERCISE 1. 49.075 2. 48.875 3. 48.775 4. 48.600 48.600 6. 48.550 48.550 48.550 9. 48.450 48.450

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TEAM

at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 at Seattle Pacific, 3/19/05 at MPSF Championships, 3/29/03 at Maui Invitational, 1/7/05 at MPSF Championships, 3/24/06 vs MIT, 1/9/04 vs Texas Woman’s, 2/12/05 at UC Davis, 2/27/05 at Southeast Missouri, 2/8/97 at Seattle Pacific, 2/7/04

ALL-AROUND

1. 39.125, Dominique Ingram at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 2. 38.925, Jessica Portlock at Western Michigan, 2/26/06 3. 38.900, Dominique Ingram at Sacramento State, 2/15/04 38.900, Jessica Portlock at MPSF Championships, 3/24/06 5. 38.850, Elena Tkacheva at Western Independent Champ., 3/22/97 6. 38.850, Jessica Portlock at Air Force, 3/20/06 7. 38.825, Lauren Agostino at Air Force, 3/20/06 8. 38.750, Elena Tkacheva vs Sacramento State, 2/22/97 38.750, Elena Tkacheva at Seattle Pacific, 3/10/87 38.750, Elena Tkacheva vs Springfield, 3/23/96 38.750, Dominique Ingram at USAG Championships, 4/8/04

VAULT

1. 9.925, 9.925, 3. 9.900, 4. 9.875, 9.875, 6. 9.850, 9.850, 9.850, 9. 9.825, 9.825, 9.825,

Dominique Ingram vs San Jose State, 3/13/04 Dominique Ingram at USAG Championships, 4/10/04 Dominique Ingram at USAG Championships, 4/8/04 Dominique Ingram at Seattle Pacific, 3/19/05 Dominique Ingram at MPSF Championships, 3/25/05 Dominique Ingram at Sacramento State, 2/15/04 Dominique Ingram at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 Lauren Agostino at Sacramento State, 1/22/06 Dominique Ingram at UC Davis, 2/13/04 Dominique Ingram vs Hamline, 3/12/05 Lauren Agostino at Boise State, 2/3/06

Elena Tkacheva

UNEVEN BARS

1. 9.925, Elena Tkacheva vs Springfield, 3/23/96 2. 9.900, Elena Tkacheva vs Springfield, 3/22/96 3. 9.850, Tiffany Staton at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 9.850, Jessica Portlock vs Hamline, 3/12/05 5. 9.825, Dominique Ingram at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 9.825, Jessica Portlock vs Iowa, 2/11/07 7. 9.800, Molly O’Connor at Western Independent Champ., 3/27/99 9.800, Elena Tkacheva at Seattle Pacific, 3/10/97 9.800, Jessica Portlock vs Hamline, 3/11/05 9.800, Dominique Ingram at USAG Championships, 4/14/05

Dominique Ingram

BALANCE BEAM

1. 9.850, 9.850, 9.850, 4. 9.825, 9.825, 6. 9.800, 9.800, 9.800, 9.800, 9.800,

Jessi Simmons vs Springfield, 3/23/96 Elena Tkacheva at Western Independent Champ., 3/22/97 Elena Tkacheva at Seattle Pacific, 3/10/97 Brianna Thomas vs San Jose State, 3/13/04 Lauren Agostino vs Ball State, 3/18/07 Elena Tkacheva vs Springfield, 3/23/96 Dominique Ingram at Seattle Pacific, 2/7/04 Brianna Thomas at Seattle Pacific, 2/7/04 Brianna Thomas at Northern Illinois, 2/22/04 Brianna Thomas at USAG Championships, 4/8/04

FLOOR EXERCISE 1. 9.950, 9.950, 3. 9.925, 9.925, 5. 9.900, 9.900, 9.900, 9.900, 9.900, 10. 9.875, 9.875, 9.875,

Elena Tkacheva vs Winona State, 2/28/97 Elena Tkacheva vs Winona State, 3/1/97 Dominique Ingram at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04 Dominique Ingram at Seattle Pacific, 3/19/05 Elena Tkacheva at USAG Championships, 4/11/97 Dominique Ingram at Seattle Pacific, 2/7/04 Dominique Ingram at USAG Championships, 4/10/04 Dominique Ingram at Maui Invitational, 1/7/05 Dominique Ingram at Sacramento State, 2/25/05 Rachel Glover at MPSF Championships, 3/29/03 Elena Tkacheva vs Sacramento State, 2/22/97 Mandi Burdick at MPSF Championships, 3/20/04

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Jessi Simmons

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SEAWOLF LETTERWINNERS & ALL-AMERICANS A

Agostino, Lauren............................................ 2006-07

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Backus, Laura................................................. 1989-90 Barleycorn, Sheri................................................. 1987 Barnett, Christine................................................ 1986 Bartleman, Michelle.................................. 2001-02-03 Benham, Diane................................................... 1989 Bukojemskyi, Renee............................................ 1989 Burdick, Mandi..................................... 2001-02-03-04 Burton, Jamie................................................. 2005-06 BYRNE, MEAGAN.............................................2007

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Carley, Christina.................................................. 1999 Carver, Sara.............................................. 1994-95-96 Chapin, Chimmi............................................. 1989-90 COLE, MICKI....................................................2007 Currie, Jesse.............................................. 2001-02-03

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Davlin, Tina........................................................ 1991 Deering, Susan.................................................... 1987 Dombecky, Chantel.................................. 1994-95-96 Duarte-Pedrosa, Ann................................. 1987-89-90 Duncan, Susan.................................................... 1989

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Fegley, Danielle.................................... 1992-93-94-95 Frankie, Teri.............................................. 1985-86-90 Franz, Karli......................................................... 2006

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Glover, Rachel.................................. 1999-2000-02-03 Guimera, Silvia.................................................... 1987

H

Havelak, Cyndi..................................... 1995-96-97-98 Hensiek, Laura.................................................... 1986

Hill-Whetten, Megan...................................... 1996-97 Hoey, Karen......................................... 1992-93-94-95 Horvath, Rita.................................................. 1985-86

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Ingram, Dominique................................... 2004-05-06

J

Jenkins, Leisha................................. 1997-98-99-2000 Johnson, Christina............................................... 2004 Johnson, Kara..................................................... 1996 Jones, Amy.......................................... 2001-02-03-05 Jorgensen, JoAnn........................................... 1989-90

K

Keever, Amanda....................................... 2004-05-06 Kleiner, Kelly........................................ 1989-90-91-92 Kramer, Lindsey.................................................. 2003 Kolosovsky, Amanda............................ 2002-03-04-05 Kurczewski, Leslie............................................... 1986

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Lackey, Alli..................................................... 2001-02 Lehmkuhl, Rachael............................... 2004-05-06-07

M

MAGIERA, LAUREN................................ 2005-06-07 Marx, Karen................................................... 1991-93 McCullar, Angie................................................... 1998 Merritt, Melinda........................................ 2000-01-02 Miller, Sukanya.................................... 1991-92-93-94 Mitchell, Joanne............................................. 2002-03 Morgan, Melissa.................................................. 1999

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NALL, BROOKE...........................................2006-07 Nelson, Faye....................................................... 2005 Nicolaus, Annette................................. 1987-88-89-90

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P

PORTLOCK, JESSICA.............................. 2005-06-07 Prater, Janine...................................................... 1985

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Randall, Sara........................................ 2002-03-04-05 Renfro, Stacey..................................................... 2000 Rennebaum, Lisa................................................ 1992 Robitaille, Kerry................................... 1991-92-93-94

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Salo, Heather................................... 1999-2000-01-02 Schahczinksi, Juliann...................................... 1990-91 Schmidt, Audra................................................... 1991 Silvey, Christy................................................ 1993-95 Simmons, Jessi..................................... 1996-97-98-99 Sokolik, Noel......................................... 1997-98-2000 Sova, Lisa....................................................... 1991-92 Stall, Sharon........................................................ 1989 Staton, Tiffany..................................... 2004-05-06-07 Stockdale, Carissa............................................... 2003 Sullivan, Kathy.................................................... 1985

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Tarkett, Shannon...................................... 1997-98-99 Thomas, Brianna................................................. 2004 Tkacheva, Elena................................... 1994-95-96-97 Tolliver, Matoyia................................................. 2000 Toney, Kristie........................................ 1998-99-2000 Touchet, Carla................................................ 1985-86

V

Vincent, Lynn...................................................... 1986

W

Weis, Kathy................................................... 1991-92 Westbrook, Britni................................................ 1999 White, Molly....................................................... 1998 WILLIAMS, COURTNEY....................................2007

O’Connor, Molly.................................................. 1999

(Note: Records incomplete from 1987 & 1988)

SEAWOLF USAG ALL-AMERICANS TERI FRANKIE 1985 - Balance Beam 1986 - Floor Exercise 1990 - Vault ANNETTE NICOLAUS 1987 - All-Around Balance Beam karen hoey 1994 - Vault 1995 - All-Around Balance Beam Vault

JESSI SIMMONS 1996 - All-Around Balance Beam Floor Exercise 1998 - Uneven Bars Vault (National Champion) 1999 - All-Around Floor Exercise

DOMINIQUE INGRAM 2004 - All-Around Vault (National Champion) Floor Exercise (National Champion) 2005 - Vault Uneven Bars All-Around

Leisha Jenkins 2000 - All-Around

Mandy Kolosovsky 2004 - Vault

MANDI BURDICK 2004 - All-Around Brianna Thomas 2004 - Balance Beam JAMIE BURTON 2005 - Balance Beam

KERRY ROBITAILLE 1994 - All-Around Balance Beam ELENA TKACHEVA 1994 - Balance Beam 1995 - All-Around Balance Beam Floor Exercise Uneven Bars 1996 - Uneven Bars 1997 - All-Around (National Champion) Balance Beam Floor Exercise (National Champion) Uneven Bars

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National Champion ELENA TKACHEVA

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National Champion JESSI SIMMONS

National Champion DOMINIQUE INGRAM


UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE ADMINISTRATION

Director of Athletics

Chancellor

University of Alaska Anchorage assumes The new leadership in 2007 with Fran Ulmer

taking over as the institution’s chancellor in May. Prior to her appointment as chancellor, Ulmer served as the Director of UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). A former lieutenant governor and state legislator, Ulmer brings 30 years of experience of public policy in Alaska. Previously, she was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at ISER. In the early 1980s, Ulmer was the mayor of Juneau, then a member of the Alaska House of Representatives (1986-94). In 1994, Ulmer became the first female lieutenant governor of Alaska. In that year, she was also appointed to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission by President Bill Clinton and served on that international board for 11 years, including as chairperson, with representatives from Japan, Russia, Korea, Canada and the United States. Ulmer has participated in numerous panels, task forces, commissions and forums as a speaker, moderator and panelist to address the intersection of science, economics, politics and policy. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the National Parks Conservation Association, the Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Alaska Nature Conservancy Board. Ulmer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin.

UAA ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT STAFF Coaches Basketball (Men) Head Coach: Rusty Osborne Associate Head Coach: Shane Rinner Assistant: Bryan Weakley Basketball (Women) Head Coach: Tim Moser Assistant: Rebecca Alvidrez Graduate Assistant: Angela Lessard Cross Country (Men & Women) Head Coach: Michael Friess Assistant: T.J. Garlatz Gymnastics Head Coach:Paul Stoklos Assistant: Tami Monette Hockey Head Coach: Dave Shyiak Associate Head Coach: Campbell Blair Assistant: Damon Whitten Skiing Head Coach: Trond Flagstad Assistants: Sparky Anderson, Mandy Kaempf Graduate Assistant: Vivian Renfro Track & Field (Men & Women) Head Coach: Michael Friess Assistants: T.J. Garlatz, Rafael Echavarria, Vivian Echavarria VOLLEYBALL Head Coach: Michelle Earl Assistant: Nicky Rose Graduate Assistant: Sue Hovland

ADMINISTRATION ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Dr. Steve Cobb ASSOCIATE ADs Dede Allen, Tim McDiffett, Jane Pallister, Kevin Silver SPORTS INFORMATION Nate Sagan - SID Tad Dunham - Asst. SID SPORTS MEDICINE Chris Volk Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Lechtenberg Assistant Athletic Trainer BUSINESS OFFICE Roxanne Swallows Fiscal Manager Carol Bannock Administrative Assistant Robin Calvert Travel Coordinator Diana Campbell Fiscal Technician Mary Beth Wooden Ticket Manager RECREATIONAL SPORTS Tony Houston, Kristin Warren, Julie Foster, Alan Piccard, Robin Inman, Muzette Nelson, Bryan Leiser

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he 2007-08 season is Steve Cobb’s eighth as the athletic director at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. Cobb became the school’s sixth AD when his hiring was announced Aug. 22, 2000. In his first seven years at UAA, Dr. Cobb has made a mark on of the Seawolf program with several major projects and continued success in the field of competition. In 2006-07, seven of UAA’s 11 sports qualified teams or individuals for NCAA Championships play, including a 15th place finish for the Seawolf men’s cross country team at nationals, and NCAA berths in both men’s and women’s basketball. Under his leadership, a planning phase began this year (2007) for the construction of a new on-campus sports facility at UAA, while simultaneously overseeing the installation of a brand new gymnasium floor and the construction of a new All-American/Academic AllAmerican honors wall at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Two years ago, Dr. Cobb helped establish the Seawolf Legacy Fund to provide a permanent endowment fund that will ensure full funding for future athletic scholarships at UAA. During 2007-08, Seawolf Legacy will surpass the $1 million mark. In 2001, Dr. Cobb was the driving force behind the establishment of the Seawolf Hall of Fame. He has also been instrumental in negotiating naming-rights agreements for the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, Nye Frontier Classic hockey and Extended Stay Deluxe Invitational volleyball tournaments. The Alabama native has also overseen the creation of the Hockey Classic Wall of Champions above the Seawolves’ practice rink, as well as men’s and women’s Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout champions displays in the gymnasium. A former football coach, Dr. Cobb served as the athletic director at Georgia Southwestern State University before coming to UAA. In five years at Georgia Southwestern, Dr. Cobb raised the Hurricanes to become one of the most successful NAIA programs in the nation. Under Dr. Cobb’s leadership, Georgia Southwestern began planning and received funds to build the Student Success Center, a $22 million facility that now houses the school’s basketball teams and athletic offices. From 1992-95, Dr. Cobb was an assistant athletic director at Iowa Wesleyan College, where he served as the football team’s defensive coordinator and special teams coach. He also had stints as an assistant football coach at East Texas State University (1990-92) and Sul Ross State University (1988-90). A 1981 graduate of the University of Montevallo, Dr. Cobb also holds a Doctorate of Education degree from East Texas State as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University and a Master of Education degree from Sul Ross State. Dr. Cobb and his wife Sandra reside in East Anchorage.

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CITY OF

ANCHORAGE A

bout 275,000 people call Anchor­ age home. The city’s boundary is nearly the same size as the state of Delaware. On a global scale, Anchorage is located as far north as Helsinki, Finland and as far west as Honolulu, Hawaii. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, an international air crossroads and the business center of the state. More than 230 flights arrive daily at Anchorage International Airport. Anchorage is a recreational paradise, boasting more than 14,000 acres of parkland and nearly 300 miles of paved and wilderness biking, skiing and hiking trails. In addition, the city sports many lakes, softball, baseball and soccer fields, outdoor tennis and

basketball courts and six scenic golf courses in the area. Chugach State Park is located 15 minutes from downtown Anchorage. With 495,000 acres, Chugach is the third largest state park in the United States and offers a variety of year-round recreation, including hiking, mountain biking, camping, cross country skiing and wildlife viewing. Due to the warming effects of the Pacific Ocean currents and protection from the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage is located in Alaska’s ­ socalled banana belt. Anchorage’s climate resembles that of San Francisco in the summer (highs of 75 degrees) and a Rocky Mountain ski resort in the win-

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STATE OF

ALASKA A

laska is the largest state in the union - one-fifth the size of the ­contiguous 48 states and more than twice the size of the second largest state, Texas. Although Minnesota is called the Land of Lakes, boasting more than 10,000 lakes, Alaska has more than three million lakes. Alaska has 39 different mountain ranges, three of which can be seen from Anchorage. Alaska is home to Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America (20,320 feet). Mt. McKinley, located in the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve, is over 200 miles north of Anchorage and can be seen from the city on clear days. Denali National Park is over six million acres and features great wildlife viewing and colorful wilderness expanses.

ter (lows of 20 degrees). Low humidity also contributes to Anchorage’s comfortable climate. The residents of the city share the Anchorage bowl with more than 1,000 Moose, which are often seen on UAA’s campus throughout the year. In addition, black bears, grizzly bears, foxes, wolves, lynx, wolverines, dall sheep and bald eagles all make their homes here. Salmon fishing is more than a past-time to Anchorage residents. Red and King Salmon can be caught from the many rivers and creeks that run through the city.


This is UAA! ACADEMICS

The University of Alaska Anchorage is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university, serving nearly 20,000 students through four primary campuses and numerous other sites in southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian chain. Academic units located on the Anchorage campus include the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Technical and Community Education; College of Health Education and Social Welfare; College of Business and Public Policy, and the School of Engineering. Organized research units at UAA complement the academic programs and reflect the special character of the Univer­sity’s mission in Alaska. Research units include the Alaska Center for International Business, the American Russian Center, the Environment and Natural Resources Institute, the Center of Alcohol and Addic­tion Studies, the center for Economic Education, the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, the Center for Human Development, the Institute of Social and Economic Research and the Justice Center. UAA operates on a semester system. Fifteen semester credits are a normal class load and a minimum of 120 credits are required to complete a bachelor’s degree. The attractive, wooded campus is an urban oasis with residential wildlife populations of moose, waterfowl and birds.

ATHLETICS Nicknamed the Seawolves, UAA’s ­ athletic teams compete as members of NCAA Division I in hockey and gymnastics and NCAA Division II in all other sports, including basketball, volleyball, skiing, track & field, and cross country. UAA annually hosts the Carrs/ Safeway Great Alaska Shootout men’s and women’s basketball tournament – recognized as one of the top ­in-season tournaments in the nation – as well as the Nye Frontier Classic hockey tournament. Over the last three decades, the University of Alaska Anchorage has become a perennial national power in many of its sports. A total of 116 Seawolves have earned All-America honors since 1984 and UAA has produced several ­individual national champions. UAA athletes have enjoyed unprecedented success in the classroom.The entire UAA Athletic Department has compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.0+ in 10 of the last 13 years.


2008 Alaska Anchorage Gymnastics guide  

2008 Alaska Anchorage Gymnastics guide