Matsunami Hits UAA Beam Record

M'rcy Matsunami, Alaska-Anchorage
Feb. 16, 2016

MPSF Women's Gym Release 6

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE M’rcy Matsunami accumulated the fourth-best all-around in program history with a winning 39.050 and tied the 19-year-old Seawolf balance beam record, as UAA totaled a season-high 192.275 at Illinois-Chicago (Feb. 14). Matsunami’s 9.85 beam was the program’s all-time best on the DI level (since 2004) and for any UAA gymnast since 1997. The Seawolves totaled 48.600 on floor, tied for eighth-best in team history. In the Navy Pier Invitational (Feb. 12), UAA equaled its 10th-best vault score all-time (48.475). Simone Penker hit career-highs of 9.725 on vault as well as 9.775 on beam in the quad.

SAN JOSE STATE Marissa Unpingco, Maddie Herr, and the Spartan bars squad highlighted a home meet with Boise State (Feb. 12). The Spartans totaled 193.700, led by a No. 7 tying all-time school ranking on bars of 49.000. Herr posted the highest team score for any SJSU gymnast in 2016, recording 9.90 on bars for second-place. That mark ties for the best bars result in the MPSF this year, and ties for 13th all-time. Unpingco displayed 9.85 on beam to win the first Spartan title in that event this year.

UC DAVIS totaled 192.550 to escape Seattle Pacific (192.500) with a road dual win last Friday (Feb. 12). Katy Nogaki shared the vault title (9.80) and won the balance beam outright (9.875). Alexis Brown tied for the uneven bars title (9.775) was second on beam (9.85), and shared third on vault with Kara Jones (9.75). Yasmine Yektaparast (9.85) led a top-four Aggie sweep on floor, as UCD totaled a season-high 49.050 in the event.

SACRAMENTO STATE had its streak snapped of 10-straight meets of at least a 194 total, as it finished with 193.300 in the mighty altitude of Cedar City, UT (approx.. 5,840 feet). The Hornets competed with BYU (194.000) and the host No. 21 Southern Utah (195.975) last Friday. Kalliah McCartney hit a second-place and season-high vault (9.85) on her way to 38.625 all-around. Cassie Benning tied for third on beam (9.825, career-high tying). The Hornet floor squad ranks 20th in the nation this week.

SEATTLE PACIFIC Maria Hundley tied for first-place on vault (9.80) and uneven bars (9.775) as the Falcons accumulated 192.500 at home against UC Davis (Feb. 12). Hundley finished second all-around (38.000) to teammate Ariana Harger (38.650), both tallying career-highs. Harger and Kristi Hayashida shared third-place on balance beam (9.825).

AIR FORCE won two meets this past weekend in New York, posting 190.250 to defeat SUNY-Cortland in a dual, followed by a 191.525 total to edge host Cornell (191.225) for first-place in a quad meet. Kara Witgen combined for five first-place routines. She won uneven bars (9.600), balance beam (9.725), floor exercise (9.725) and all-around (38.200) at SUNY-Cortland, and followed up with a top finish in the all-around (38.650) at Cornell. Shannen Kelly had two third-place beam results (9.70, 9.75).