ANCHORAGE – Sophomore Isabelle Fox scored a 38.825 all-around and junior Sophia Hyderally continued her outstanding season Saturday to lead the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team to the No. 2 score in program history and a dual-meet upset of UC Davis, 194.100 to 193.875 at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves – who improved to 6-4 in dual meets and set the school record on uneven bars – got three scores of 9.8 or better from Hyderally, who tied her Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season-best 9.9 on balance beam, while junior Mackenzie Miller produced career-best scores on bars and floor exercise.
The Aggies, who are on the cusp of NCAA Championships qualification with a No. 34 national ranking, were led by Kelly Hebert’s winning 38.975 all-around, but the visitors could not hold a narrow 145.800 to 145.600 lead after three rotations.
“I’m extremely proud of our team,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho, who starred for UC Davis from 2007-10. “We have done a 180 with our consistency on bars this year, and everything came together for us today. With the team score so close throughout the meet, it was even more impressive how we kept our composure and came back to get the win.”
UAA trailed 48.850 to 47.725 after the first rotation as Fox led the Seawolves with a 9.675 on vault.
The Seawolves made a big move in the second rotation, however, getting career-best efforts from their top four performers and a career-high-tying 9.725 from Fox. Miller scored 9.875 for the fourth-best mark in program history, junior Kennedy Green scored 9.85 to tie for the fifth-best mark, sophomore Hope Nelson’s 9.825 tied for the ninth-best score, and Hyderally tied for the No. 18 bars score with a 9.8. The team’s 49.075 bars total was more than half a point higher than the previous home record (48.745 from 2013) and broke the 15-year-old school record of 48.825 from the 2004 MPSF Championships.
UAA shaved its deficit down to 0.200 after the third rotation, earning the second-best beam total in school history at 48.800. Hyderally earned a 9.9 for the second meet in a row to tie her own MPSF season high and tie for the No. 2 mark in UAA history, behind her own 9.925 from her freshman season.
Fox scored a 9.8 and senior Kaylin Mancari – competing in her final home meet – earned a 9.75 on beam, while freshmen Rachel Decious and Ali Marvel each scored 9.675.
The Seawolves took advantage of two Aggie falls on balance beam to pull ahead midway through the final rotation, led by Hyderally’s 9.825. Miller tied her personal best with a 9.775 and Mancari earned a 9.725 as UAA earned its first dual win over UC Davis since 2004 and just its third in 46 all-time dual meetings against the Aggies.
Fox’s all-around score came just shy of her career high and tied for the 21st-best mark in program history.
The Seawolves will finish the 2019 season with four straight road meets, beginning with a Feb. 22 trip to Utah State.
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