ANCHORAGE – Sophomore Isabelle Fox earned a 38.100 all-around score and junior Sophia Hyderally delivered solid efforts on two events Friday to pace the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics meet in a season-opening 192.975-188.925 dual-meet loss to Illinois State at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The visiting Redbirds were boosted by a 39.025 all-around performance from Gabrielle Cooke, while Savannah Remkus tallied 9.725s on vault, balance beam and floor exercise.
“We got off to a very tough start on vault and bars, so I was pleased to see us recover and show more poise in the final two rotations,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho, who began her second season at the helm. “We’ll see what we need to tweak and hopefully come back with a better showing on Sunday.”
Fox – the reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Freshman of the Year – placed runner-up on floor exercise with a 9.8, along with a 9.65 on beam and a team-best 9.625 on vault. Meanwhile, Hyderally recorded a team-high 9.7 on bars, plus a 9.75 on her first career floor exercise routine.
The Seawolves and Redbirds will meet for a rematch Sunday at the Alaska Airlines Center at 2 p.m. AST.