ANCHORAGE – Junior Sophia Hyderally earned individual wins on beam and floor exercise Friday to lead the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team to a 192.400-186.900 dual-meet victory over Brown at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (2-1) also used a 38.275 all-around performance from sophomore Isabelle Fox to set a program record for highest score in January for the second straight meet.
The Bears (0-1) were paced by Kate Nelson’s winning 9.8 on uneven bars, while the Bears’ Gabrielle Hechtman tied UAA’s Ali Marvel atop the vault podium with a 9.775.
“I was pleased to see so much consistency throughout our lineup,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho, whose team recorded the 18th-best total in program history. “Our gymnasts are performing with a lot of poise, especially this early in the season.”
UAA got off to a fast start despite being hamstrung with just five vaulters in the lineup, taking the lead after the first rotation with a season-high 48.100. Marvel – a freshman from nearby Wasilla – recorded the Seawolves’ best vault of the year with her 9.775, while junior Kennedy Green added a 9.675, coming a fraction shy of her career best.
Junior Mackenzie Miller led the way on bars with a runner-up 9.725 and Hope Nelson placed third with a 9.7, helping UAA to a season-best 47.950 on that apparatus.
Hitting the halfway point with a narrow 96.050-95.450 advantage, the Seawolves were able to pull away with totals of 48.200 on balance beam and 48.150 on floor in the final rotations.
UAA’s record-holder on the event, Hyderally tied for the fourth-best beam score in program history Friday with a 9.85. Fox scored 9.8 and UAA got 9.6s from Kaylin Mancari and Nelson.
Hyderally added a 9.775 on floor, along with a 9.725 from Fox and a 9.625 from Miller to close things out.
The Seawolves and Bears will meet for a rematch Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.
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