UAA Named 2016 MPSF Academic Champion

July 25, 2016

WOODLAND, CA--- The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) has released its 2016 Academic All-American team and individual awards in women’s gymnastics for this past school year. After finishing in a close second-place last year, the University of Alaska-Anchorage has captured the third annual MPSF Academic Team Championship by carrying the top overall grade point average in the conference of 3.6441. The Seawolves’ team GPA ranks seventh across the nation and in the top 10 percent of the NCAA’s 82 collegiate women’s programs. Seattle Pacific (2014) and San Jose State (2015) were the MPSF academic team champions in the first two years of the MPSF competition. Boise State University (3.8087) finished at the top of this year’s NACGC Academic list, which included 74 teams nationally.

Requiring a minimum 3.50 cumulative or year-long GPA to qualify for individual recognition, AlaskaAnchorage had nine gymnasts earn an NACGC Academic All-American award, out of 17 student-athletes on its squad. Seniors Marie-Sophie Boggasch (aviation technology) and Simone Penker (Natural Sciences) captured their fourth career NACGC scholastic award, while Julia York (Psychology) earned her third. Each of those three student-athletes carry a perfect 4.00 GPA. The other Seawolves’ to earn 2016 NACGC individual honors were senior Sariaye Fishburn (4.00, elementary education), sophomore Emily Ramberg (4.00, aviation technology), sophomore Madeleine Arbuckle (3.92, environment & society), sophomore Morgan Ross (3.86, languages), junior Kelsy Konkright (3.80, geological sciences), and freshman Morgan Colee (3.59, health sciences). Sophie Boggasch, Penker, York, Fishburn, Ross, and Arbuckle were each named to the MPSF all-academic team this past spring.

Alaska-Anchorage turned in one of its top seasons in program history in 2016. The Seawolves set team records for overall average (192.303) and regional qualifying score (192.725), along with balance beam average and RQS, and floor exercise average. In its home finale on March 13, UAA accumulated a school record 194.125. Penker and M’rcy Matsunami were first team all-conference honorees in the all-around, the latter of whom qualified for NCAA’s as an individual. Additionally, Sophie Boggasch was a silver medalist on the uneven parallel bars at the 2016 MPSF Championships. Head Coach Paul Stoklos was named MPSF Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.