2019 Alaska Anchorage Gymnastics Season Review

 

BRIEF SEASON RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team recorded perhaps the top season in program history, breaking 17 school records, including overall average (192.370) and national qualifying score (193.150) ... the Seawolves posted a 7-9 dual-meet record and finished the year strong with a school-record 194.200 score at the MPSF Championships to finish fourth ... individually, junior Sophia Hyderally tied for the MPSF title on beam and produced UAA’s best-ever finish at NCAA Regionals, placing fourth on beam, while she and sophomore all-arounder Isabelle Fox earned first-team All-MPSF awards.

 

MPSF RECAP: Junior Sophia Hyderally won the balance beam and senior Kaylin Mancari delivered an outstanding 3-event performance in her final meet to lead UAA to a school-record 194.200 score and a 4th-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle to end the regular season ... the Seawolves also got a boost from sophomore Hope Nelson, whose runner-up 9.875 beam score helped UAA set another program record with a 49.075 points on that apparatus ... Air Force claimed its first MPSF team title with 195.725 points, while the Seawolves outdistanced Sacramento State (192.425) and host Seattle Pacific (192.400) to equal their best finish at the MPSF meet since 2015 ... Mancari equaled the 5th-best floor score in Seawolf history with a 9.9 to highlight UAA’s first two rotations, and the Seawolves stormed to from 6th to 4th place over the final two turns, on bars and beam ... on bars, Hyderally earned a career-high 9.825 and junior Mackenzie Miller anchored by tying the 5th-best score in program history with a 9.85, as UAA’s 48.975 total was No. 2 in program history ... UAA delivered again in the final rotation with a school-record 49.075 on beam ... after getting a 9.775 from Fox to begin, freshman Rachel Decious delivered her second career high of the evening with a 9.825 ... Nelson tied the 5th-best beam score for a Seawolf with 9.875, before Hyderally delivered a 9.9 ... Hyderally claimed her second MPSF beam title in three seasons, having tied the conference record and set the UAA record with a 9.925 at the 2017 MPSF meet.

 

TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves finished the regular season with a 7-9 dual-meet record and ranked fourth of six teams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a school-record 193.150 NQS (national qualifying score) ... the Seawolves also set program records overall average (192.370), as well as both average and NQS on bars (47.834/48.300), beam (48.352/48.650) and floor (48.439/48.580) ... UAA’s 194.100 score Feb. 9 at UC Davis was just shy of the school record  (194.125 vs Air Force, Feb. 13, 2016) until the Seawolves broke it at with their 194.200 at the MPSF Championships ... the 2019 Seawolves produced five of the top 20 scores in program history — 194.200 on Mar. 23 (1st), 194.100 on Feb. 9 (3rd), 193.450 on Mar. 1 (7th), 193.125 on Jan. 27 (9th), and 192.675 on Feb. 22 (19th) ...  on beam, UAA produced three of the top four and six of the top 15 marks, including the record 49.075 at the MPSF Championships ... on bars, the Seawolves topped a record of 48.825 that had stood since 2004, earning 49.075 at UC Davis and 48.975 at MPSFs ... UAA had five top-20 program marks on floor as well, with the 48.975 ranking No. 2.

 

HYDERALLY HITS: Junior Sophia Hyderally delivered one of the top individual seasons in program history in 2019, earning First Team All-MPSF honors on beam and floor, qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championships on beam, and breaking six school records ... the Daphne, Alabama, native became the first Seawolf ever to lead the MPSF in NQS, with her 9.875 mark on balance beam tying for 44th nationally ... at the NCAA Corvallis Regional, she tied for 4th among 56 gymnasts with a 9.9 on beam, losing on a tiebreaker to advance to the NCAA Championships but still setting UAA records for highest score and placement at regionals ... the previous week, Hyderally claimed her second MPSF Championships beam title in three seasons with another 9.9 – one of her team-high eight individual wins in 2019 ... the MPSF Gymnast of the Week for her efforts Jan. 25 & 27 in California, Hyderally has 11 career beam scores of 9.825 or better, including the UAA and MPSF record with her 9.925 beam routine at the 2017 MPSF Championships ... Hyderally also finished 6th in the MPSF in floor NQS at 9.825 and set the UAA record with a 9.798 average, while her bars NQS of 9.745 was third-best on the team.

 

GYMNAST NOTES:  So. Isabelle Fox ranked 6th in the MPSF all-around standings with a 38.740 NQS, tied for the 3rd-best mark in Seawolf history ... the Houston native also ranked in the MPSF’s top 20 on the other three apparatuses, finishing 10th on floor (9.780) and 19th on bars (9.650) and vault (9.685) ... a First Team All-MPSF all-arounder, Fox’s career-high 38.850 on Jan. 6 tied for 15th on UAA’s all-time list and was the program’s second-best in the month of January ... Fox picked up her 10th and 11th career individual victories with her all-around wins against Brown this January, after earning MPSF Freshman of the Year honors in 2018 ... senior Kaylin Mancari delivered the best gymnastics of her career in 2019, scoring 9.5 or better on all 11 of her beam routines and 9.7 or better on her last seven floor exercises ... the North Carolina native capped the season with a career-best 29.300 three-event total at the MPSF Championships, scoring 9.7s on bars and beam and tying for runner-up on floor with a career-high 9.9 (t-5th on UAA list) ... Mancari produced then-career highs on all three of her events on UAA’s California road trip, with a 9.625 on bars, a 9.825 on beam and a 9.85 on floor, and matched her beam high at Utah State and her bars high at Michigan State ... on beam, Mancari’s 9.673 average was 5th on the program all-time list and her 9.740 NQS ranked 15th in the league ... on floor, Mancari ranked 8th all-time in average (9.718) and tied for 9th in NQS (9.770) ... Jr. Mackenzie Miller picked up UAA’s first honor of the 2019 campaign when she earned MPSF Specialist of the Week for Jan. 7-13, producing four scores of 9.625-plus against Brown ... the Michigan native tied a career-high and 7th-best bars score in program history with 9.825, along with a 9.725 on floor ... Miller produced the 4th-best bars score in program history with her 9.875 in the win over UC Davis, while her 9.85 at the MPSF Championships was good for 4th in the 36-gymnast field ... Miller’s 9.770 bars NQS was 2nd-best in program history and ranked 10th in the MPSF ... on floor, Miller scored 9.625 or better on eight of her 10 routines – including a career-high of 9.775 in the Davis win – to produce the team’s 4th-best NQS at 9.715 ... junior Kennedy Green was one of UAA’s most consistent 3-event performers, sporting NQS’s of 9.630 on floor, 9.620 on bars and 9.595 on vault ... Green’s 9.85 bars effort Feb. 9 tied the 5th-best score in program history and aided UAA’s school-record 49.075 on the apparatus ... the Colorado native finished the year strong with a career-high 9.725 on floor at Michigan State, followed by a career-best 9.775 on bars and a 9.65 (second-best in her career) on vault at the MPSF Championships ... another 3-apparatus competitor, sophomore Hope Nelson finished well in February and March to solidify the lineup on bars and beam ... the Virginia native tied for the 9th-best bars routine in program history with her 9.825 against UCD on Feb. 9, and capped her season with a career-high 9.875 beam routine at the MPSF Championships, finishing runner-up behind only teammate Sophia Hyderally ... Nelson aided UAA’s record season on beam with the team’s 4th-best average (9.597) and NQS (9.705) ... on bars, Nelson ranked 13th in the MPSF matched the 4th-best NQS in UAA history at 9.745 ... one of two Alaskans on the team, Wasilla freshman Ali Marvel established herself as one of the team’s most consistent vaulters, scoring at least 9.5 in all 11 meets and tying for 17th in the MPSF with a 9.690 NQS ... Marvel’s 9.636 average also led UAA and ranked 17th on the program’s all-time vault list, helped by her team-best 9.75 at the MPSF Championships ... Marvel’s 9.775 vault in the Jan. 11 win over Brown was UAA’s best this season, and she became just the second Seawolf ever to earn MPSF Freshman of the Week honors following her personal-best 9.8 beam routine at Michigan State ... after a tough start on floor, freshman Rachel Decious found her form, scoring 9.5 or better in the last seven meets ... Decious contributed to UAA’s historic Feb. 9 win over UCD with a 9.675 on her first collegiate beam routine, and she followed with 9.775 beam scores at Oregon State and Michigan State ... the Arizonan was also a huge part of UAA’s school-record score at the MPSF Championships, earning career highs of 9.825 on beam and 9.775 on floor.

 

2019 Individual Honors

Isabelle Fox

First Team All-MPSF (AA)

Second Team All-MPSF (V, FX)

MPSF All-Academic Team

Kennedy Green

MPSF All-Academic Team

Tanya Ho

MPSF Coach of the Year

Sophia Hyderally

MPSF Gymnast of the Week, Jan. 21-27

First Team All-MPSF (BB, FX)

MPSF Balance Beam Champion

NCAA Regional Championships qualifier

MPSF All-Academic Team

Kaylin Mancari

MPSF All-Academic Team

Ali Marvel

MPSF Freshman of the Week, Mar. 11-17

Mackenzie Miller

MPSF Specialist of the Week, Jan. 7-13

Second Team All-MPSF (UB)

MPSF All-Academic Team

Hope Nelson

Second Team All-MPSF (UB)

Isabella Scalapino

MPSF All-Academic Team