LOGAN, Utah – Sophomore Isabelle Fox earned a 38.650 all-around and the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team got excellent three-event efforts from junior Sophia Hyderally and sophomore Hope Nelson in a 194.925-192.675 dual-meet loss to Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Led by a 9.85 from Hyderally, the Seawolves finished strong in the final rotation, recording the third-best balance beam total in program history with 48.775 points.
The 30th-ranked Aggies earned the victory behind a 39.200 all-around from Madison Ward and a 39.150 all-around from Leighton Varnadore.
“We were short-handed on floor tonight, so I’m pleased that we were able to finish so strong in the final two rotations,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho, whose team was coming off the second-best overall score in program history (194.100) in its last meet. “Sophia and Isabelle continued to give us great consistency at the top of our lineup, and Hope came through with her best meet of the season.”
UAA started with a 47.825 total on uneven bars, led by Nelson’s 9.725 and a 9.625 from Hyderally. Freshman Ali Marvel earned a 9.725 to lead the way on vault and Fox had a 9.6 as the Seawolves sat at 95.625 points at the midway mark.
Despite missing junior Mackenzie Miller in the floor lineup due to an injury, the Seawolves managed to score a 48.275 total in the third rotation, boosted by Hyderally’s 9.8 and Fox’s 9.725.
Coming off the second-best beam score in program history with a 48.800 total on Feb. 9, the Seawolves nearly equaled that in the final rotation Friday. Hyderally – the program record holder on the event – tied the sixth-best beam score for by a Seawolf, while senior Kaylin Mancari tied her career high with a 9.825. Nelson tallied a 9.75, Fox a 9.725 and freshman Rachel Decious produced a 9.625 to account for the team total.
The Seawolves return to the road next week for a tri-meet with Bowling Green and host Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Mar. 1 at 6 p.m. AST.
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