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Stoklos signs first UAA gymnastics recruit of ’18 class

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: May 10, 2017
  • Published May 10, 2017

Hope Nelson (Photo courtesy UAA)

UAA gymnastics inked its first signee of the 2018 recruiting class Wednesday with the signing of Hope Nelson of Newport News, Virginia, UAA coach Paul Stoklos announced.

Nelson has been a four-year Level 10 competitor and three-time regional qualifier for World Class Gymnastics, recently placing third on beam at the 2017 L10 Region 7 meet. This year, she won bars with a 9.725, placed runner-up on beam with a 9.525 and was third in the all-around at the Virginia L10 State championships.

"Hope has very strong skills on both bars and beam, and terrific potential to be an all-arounder in our lineup," Stoklos said in a press release. "With the love of the sport that I know she has, plus her strong work ethic, we believe she can step in and be a solid part of the program for the next four years."

The Seawolves — who compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation — lose three seniors from their 2017 lineup.