UAA edges Cortland in final rotation
ANCHORAGE - Sophomore Melissa Doucette scored a winning 37.975 all-around Tuesday to help the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team overcome a strong challenge from visiting SUNY Cortland with a 188.125-187.250 dual-meet victory at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (2-0), who won by nearly four points in Sunday's season-opener, had to overcome a final-rotation deficit to claim the rematch, getting solid performances from Doucette (9.65) and freshmen Morgan Cook (9.6) and Jeanette Conrad (9.525) on floor exercise.
The Red Dragons (0-2), an NCAA Division III squad, got a winning 9.725 on floor from Courtney Mangini, while teammate Sarah Nadrowski was runner-up in the all-around with 37.875 points.
UAA led by just two-tenths of a point after two rotations and found itself down 141.200-140.400 after suffering multiple falls on beam. But freshman Sariaye Jensen started the Seawolves out with a 9.475 on floor, and Conrad, Cook and Doucette pushed the hosts into the lead.
Doucette also won on vault with a 9.8, tying the 18th-best score in program history, while placing runner-up on floor and bars (9.6). The New Hampshire native's 37.975 was the highest all-around mark for a Seawolf since Courtney Williams ended the 2009 regular season with 38.400 score against Air Force.
UAA also claimed the top two spots on beam with Cook's 9.525 and Conrad's 9.45, and sophomore Shelby MacDonald led UAA to a top-3 sweep on bars with a 9.675.
The Seawolves are off this weekend before traveling to east for a pair of tri-meets at Maryland (Jan. 20) and Towson (Jan. 22).