CORVALLIS, Ore. – Isabelle Fox earned a 38.825 all-around and fellow sophomore Hope Nelson scored a pair of 9.75s to lead the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team to second place at the Oregon State tri-meet with 193.450 points Friday at Gill Coliseum.
The Seawolves posted the sixth-best team score in program history and beat Bowling Green (189.500) for the first time in four all-time meetings, while the 15th-ranked and host Beavers won with 195.825 points.
“That was a very encouraging performance again tonight,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho, whose team has posted three of the top eight totals in program history over the last four meets. “Isabelle showed her all-around poise as usual, and our freshmen came through for their best combined effort of the year.”
UAA started on floor where it recorded 48.575 points – 17th-best in program history – behind a 9.825 from junior Sophia Hyderally and a 9.775 from Fox.
With Bowling Green struggling on beam in the second rotation, the Seawolves took control in the team race by equaling their season-high 48.100 on vault. Freshman Ali Marvel earned a 9.725, Fox had a 9.7 and Isabella Scalapino popped a 9.6 to lead the way. Sophomore Sophie Riley vaulted to a career-high 9.55 and freshman Kate Fandrich had her second-best score of the year with a 9.525 to account for the total.
Coming off her best meet of the season at Utah State a week ago, Nelson paced the Seawolves on bars Friday with a 9.75. Hyderally scored 9.725 and Fox added a 9.7 to help UAA equal the No. 19 bars total in program history at 48.200.
Freshman Rachel Decious tallied a career-high 9.775 to propel the 6th-best beam total in program history with 48.575 points in the final rotation. Nelson flipped to a 9.75 and senior Kaylin Mancari added a 9.725.
The Seawolves have a 16-day layoff until closing their regular season Mar. 17 at the Michigan State quad meet in East Lansing, Mich.
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