NORMAL, Ill. – Senior Kendra Daniels earned a victory on balance beam Sunday to highlight the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team’s effort in a 188.825-186.150 loss to Illinois State on Sunday at Horton Field House.

The Seawolves (3-2) got a 9.675 from Daniels on beam, while fellow veteran Kaylin Mancari recorded a career-high 9.75 to finish runner-up on floor exercise.

The Redbirds (1-1) were powered by a 38.875 all-around from Gabrielle Cooke, who topped the three-woman all-around field and won individual honors on vault (9.775) and floor (9.875).

“It’s disappointing that we didn’t have our full lineup this week, but I’m proud of the competitive spirit we are showing,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho. “This first month has been a battle of attrition for us health-wise, so we’ve been focusing on the positives. Kaylin’s performance on floor today was certainly one of those positives that we can build on.”

Daniels and UAA freshman Isabelle Fox tied for third on floor with 9.725s, while Fox was runner-up in the all-around with a 37.725 total.

Sophomore Mackenzie Miller was the Seawolves’ top performer on uneven bars with a 9.575, while freshman Isabella Scalapino placed third on vault with a team-best 9.65.

UAA returns to the Alaska Airlines Center in two weeks when it hosts Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals Air Force and Sacramento State in the Seawolf Invitational, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center. The meet will be the second ever to be held in the AAC’s main arena, following the premiere edition in the 2016 MPSF Championships.

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