Gymnastics Team Makes Final Fundraiser, Hockey Adds DI Transfer, and 16 Skiers Receive Honors


While the SAU men’s hockey program has already raised the funds needed for its recovery, the gymnastics team still has some way to go to reach its goal. The Seawolves are to raise $150,000 by June 30 for permanent varsity reinstatement and are asking the community to help with their “Stick the Landing” campaign.

After the 2020-2021 school year, the University of Alaska Board of Trustees voted to eliminate hockey, gymnastics, and alpine skiing from SAU athletics to reduce the overall budget of the University of Alaska. ‘university. However, the Regents offered eliminated programs an opportunity for reinstatement if supporters could raise enough funds to cover two years of operating expenses.

For the gymnastics program, the amount needed is $888,000. Alpine skiing and hockey achieved their goals and were reinstated. The gymnastics program raised enough funds for one year of operation, and the Regents conditionally reinstated the program for that year. Permanent reinstatement is dependent on raising the remaining half of the funds by June 2022.

The team has already raised $78,000 and in its latest fundraising effort, it will need to find the remaining amount in order to meet the two-year funding requirement. With less than 80 days to go until the deadline, fans are pleading with the community to help the team achieve their goal. The team set up a site to help the fundraising process.

Seawolves hockey adds DI transfer

When the University of Alaska Anchorage Division II men’s hockey team takes to the ice this fall for the first time since rejoining, it will do so with some reinforcements from the Division I level. Head coach Matt Shasby announced that Adam Tisdale will be transferred from Sacred Heart (Connecticut) to play with the Seawolves for the 2022-2023 season.

“Adam plays in the middle in the center position and comes to us with a wealth of college hockey experience,” Shasby said in a statement. “Having one of our transfer graduates fill that center role is going to be important for us. His skills will allow us to use him in all situations, including special teams.

The 5-foot-9, 171-pound forward joins the Seawolves after a four-year career at the collegiate level and nearly 200 games as a junior. Tisdale hails from Cochrane, Alta., where he spent two seasons from 2018 to 2020 at Clarkson and had 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 59 games.

After transferring to Sacred Heart, he played 37 games in two seasons from 2020 to 22 and finished with eight points (two goals, six assists). He played approximately 172 junior games between his time with the Canmore Eagles (AJHL) and Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) and had 124 points (50 goals, 74 assists).

Several Seawolves receive academic and athletic recognition

The UAA Ski Team featured 16 student-athletes who earned NCAA Ski Team honors from the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.

In order to qualify for the team, skiers must have a 3.5 GPA, which is tied with the highest GPA requirement of any Coaching Association academy team nationwide . They must also participate in one of the three regional championships.

Seawolves awarded: Ashleigh Alexander, Tuva Bygrave, Karly Coyne, Hunter Eid, Tuva Granoeien, Alyssa Hill, Nicole Mah, Kristina Natalenko, Leon Nikic, Didrik Nilsen, Magnus Noroey, Pascale Paradis, Espen Persen, Jan Ronner, Olav Sanderberg and JC Schoonmaker .

Several Seawolves have qualified and set new program records

UAA track and field teams have had several student-athletes set multiple national qualifying scores and set a pair of program records at the Bryan Clay Invite in Azusa, CA.

Enrique Campbell broke his previous personal best of 11.12 in the 100 by running 10.59 for a school best that ranks eighth all-time in GNAC history. The previous school record belonged to Oshane Hilton, who ran a 10.65 in 2018.

Joshua Wagner lowered his own school record in the 110 hurdles to 14.22. The finish tied him for 16th in Division II and ranks second all-time in GNAC history. He also clocked a personal best of 22.09 in the 200m, which is the ninth fastest time ever in the UAA.

In his first collegiate 10,000 on the track, Coleman Nash looked like a natural in the event with a time of 29:24.40. His time ranks fourth all-time in the UAA and in the GNAC record books. The Seawolves now have the top four and seven of the ten best times in the GNAC men’s 10,000m.

“Great days of action here,” head coach Ryan McWilliams said in a school statement. “We are starting to compete with a lot of confidence and it shows with several personal bests set by different athletes and two new school records. We’ll be looking to wrap up the weekend tomorrow with a few more such performances.


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