SACRMAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Isabelle Fox scored a 38.575 all-around and senior Kendra Daniels highlighted a season-best team performance on floor exercise Friday as the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team scored 191.925 points at the Sacramento State Invitational at the Hornets’ Nest.
The Seawolves missed their 2018 season high by just 0.025 as they finished behind No. 20 California (196.650), Minnesota (196.475) and host Sacramento State (195.175) in the team competition.
Fox led the Seawolves with a 9.675 on vault and a 9.7 on balance beam, while her 9.775 on floor was third-best on the squad. Meanwhile, Daniels (9.85), sophomore Kennedy Green (9.65) and junior Kaylin Mancari (9.8) all posted career highs on floor, with Daniels tying for the 17th-best score in program history and UAA’s second-best this year.
“We are showing a lot more consistency overall, and really coming together on floor,” said first-year UAA head coach Tanya Ho, who was returning to the same gym where she previously served as the top assistant for Hornets. “This is the first time this year where we have put together back-to-back solid team scores, and that’s the most encouraging thing heading into our league meet in a couple weeks.”
Freshman Hope Nelson tied her career high on bars with a 9.75 to lead the way for UAA on that apparatus, and Miller scored a 9.725. Sophomore Sophia Hyderally – the school record holder on bars – also made her season debut in a return from injury, earning a 9.625 on bars.
Daniels had a 9.625 and Mancari and senior Madeleine Arbuckled had 9.55s to complement Fox on beam, while Miller earned a career-high 9.525 on vault.
The Seawolves have next week off before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Mar. 24.