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Seawolves retain crown as GNAC all-sports champion

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 23, 2018
  • Published May 23, 2018

The UAA women’s basketball team celebrates its Great Alaska Shootout championship in November. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

For the second straight year, the Seawolves are the all-sports champions of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

UAA was powered by conference championships in women's basketball and women's cross country. The Seawolves edged Western Washington in a scoring system that ranks the league's 11 teams based on their finishes either in regular-season standings or conference championships.

The number of sports offered by each school factor into the ratings so that the school that fields the most teams doesn't get an advantage over the school that fields the fewest teams.

Besides its two GNAC championships this school year, UAA produced top-five finishes in six other sports — men's cross country (2nd), men's indoor track (2nd), volleyball (3rd), men's basketball (4th), women's indoor track (4th) and women's outdoor track (5th).

The Nanooks of UAF placed 10th in the standings, which only consider GNAC results. That means results from UAF's nationally prominent riflery team aren't considered, because riflery isn't a GNAC sport.

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