UAA Repeats Academic Team Title

Kendra Daniels, Alaska-Anchorage (Photo courtesy UAA)
July 26, 2017

WOODLAND, CA---The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) has released its 2017 Academic All-Americans in women’s gymnastics for this past school year. The University of Alaska-Anchorage defended its MPSF Academic Team Championship from 2016 by carrying the top overall grade point average in the conference (3.5933). The Seawolves, who became the first MPSF program to win a second academic team title, carry a team GPA which ranks 16th across the nation and in the top 20 percent of the NCAA’s 82 participating collegiate women’s programs. Prior MPSF titlists include Seattle Pacific (2014) and San Jose State (2015) from the first two years of the academic competition. Southern Utah University (3.8867) finished at the top of this year’s NACGC Academic list as one of 70 teams to eclipse the 3.00 team GPA mark.

Requiring a minimum 3.50 cumulative or year-long GPA to qualify for individual recognition, Alaska-Anchorage placed 10 gymnasts on the NACGC Academic All-American team, out of 14 student-athletes on its squad (71.43 %). Only 12 schools across the nation, regardless of division, had a higher percentage of its total gymnasts earn an All-American honor. Representing UAA and tying for the nation’s top year-long 4.00 GPA were Mackenzie Miller (Accounting) and Madeleine Arbuckle (Environment and Society). Other Seawolf All-Americans included Kendra Daniels (Health Sciences-3.90) Sofie Riley (Elementary Education-3.87), Louisa Knapp (Physical Education-3.87), Morgan Ross (Languages-3.82), Teresa Alonso (Engineering-3.79), Kennedy Green (Health Sciences-3.71), Kaylin Mancari (Natural Sciences-3.66), and Brice Mizell (Sociology-3.56). Arbuckle and Ross were repeat honorees from last year. Arbuckle, Ross, Mizell, Mancari, and Daniels were each named to the MPSF All-Academic team this past spring.

In addition to her perfect GPA from the 2016-17 academic year, Arbuckle also owned the second-best cumulative GPA amongst all MPSF Gymnasts (3.91). The junior all-conference honoree set career-highs in all five of her events this past year with a 9.700 or better on the vault, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor, along with a 38.350 in the all-around. Ross earned three all-conference honors this past year, including the fourth-best floor average in program history (9.750). Daniels posted the fourth-best beam regional qualifying score in team history (9.775), while becoming the first Seawolf ever with four career beam scores of 9.825 or better. Mancari was a second-team All-MPSF honoree on beam, while Mizell delivered the best season in her career, particularly on vault in which she recorded the squad’s second-best season average (9.528).