ANCHORAGE – Isabelle Fox posted a 38.700 all-around and senior Kendra Daniels delivered an outstanding three-even performance Saturday as the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team completed its 2018 home campaign with a 190.125 total, finishing third behind league rivals Air Force and Sacramento State in the Seawolf Invitational at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Air Force earned a narrow team victory over Sacramento State, 193.100 to 193.000, despite losing all-arounder Tyler Davis to an injury during warm-ups. Anna Salamone posted team-highs of 9.775 on vault and 9.725 on bars for the Falcons, and the visitors from Colorado counted no score lower than a 9.6 on either beam or floor.
Sacramento State’s Annie Juarez won the three-woman all-around competition with a 39.125 total – boosted by a runner-up 9.85 on floor – while Hornet teammate Caitlin Soliwoda barely edged Fox with a 38.800.
The Seawolves started strong on vault with a season-best 48.025 total, led by Fox’s team season-high 9.7 and sophomore Kennedy Green’s career-high-tying 9.6. Despite leading after the first rotation, the Seawolves could not keep their momentum going on uneven bars, suffering falls on four of six routines.
Freshman Hope Nelson had UAA’s top bars routine with a 9.675.
Nelson was sharp again on beam with a 9.775 and Fox scored a 9.75, but it was Daniels – a senior competing in her final home meet – who stole the show with a winning 9.875. The Veneta, Ore., native now owns two of the three top beam scores in program history, having broken the previous record with a 9.9 last season.
Meanwhile, Fox delivered a victory on floor exercise with a 9.875 as the Houston native recorded the highest floor score for a Seawolf in over a year and tied the No. 10 mark in program history. Sophomore Mackenzie Miller tied for fourth on floor with a career-high 9.775, and Daniels posted a 9.6 as she anchored the lineup in the final routine of her home career.
“I was pleased that we were able to break 190 tonight, despite all of our struggles on bars and beam,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho. “Isabelle and Kendra really delivered for us tonight when we needed some big scores to break that barrier. Also, I loved the atmosphere here tonight in our gym – it was a great experience for our student-athletes and fans.”
Saturday’s event marked just the second time a UAA gymnastics meet has been held in the main arena of the Alaska Airlines Center, which opened in September 2014. UAA previously hosted the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in March 2015.
The Seawolves hit the road for their final five competitions, starting Feb. 9 (4 p.m. AST) and Feb. 11 (11 a.m. AST) with dual meets against Centenary in Shreveport, La.