ANCHORAGE – Senior Kathleen Mantell delivered a career-high all-around for the second straight meet to lead host Alaska Anchorage to a season-high 190.850 points in a gymnastics dual-meet loss to Michigan State at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Friday night.
The Spartans (7-4-1) won the meet with 194.125 points, led by the 38.850 all-around score of Dani Levy.
Despite the loss, the Seawolves (3-10) delivered their top performance of the season thanks to big nights on both uneven bars and balance beam. UAA’s 47.950 total on bars was the 13th-best score in program history, while the 47.875 on beam ranked 19th.
Mantell, who topped the 38-point mark for the first time in her 2-year Seawolf career, scored a 9.6 on beam, a 9.575 on bars and a 9.55 on floor to finish with 38.075 points.
Meanwhile, freshman Morgan Cook came just 0.025 short of her personal-best all-around, finishing with 37.750 points. The Arkansas native posted her best beam result, scoring 9.6
Senior Shakea Sanders had UAA’s highest score on vault, placing third with a 9.625, and floor, placing fifth with a 9.65. Fellow senior Kaelei Spoor was third on beam with a UAA season-best 9.75, and freshman Sariaye Jensen equaled her career- and team-season-high 9.75 bars score for the third time.
UAA was performing for the third straight meet without the services of top all-arounder Melissa Doucette, who is still trying to come back from a shoulder injury.
“We really excelled tonight on the two toughest events for us,” said UAA head coach Paul Stoklos. “If we had performed up to our capability, especially on vault, it would have been an even more pleasing result, but we’ll take it.”
The Seawolves and Spartans will meet again Sunday at 2 p.m. in UAA’s final home meet of the season and last competition before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Mar. 24.