Cook helps UAA whip up first victory
The Seawolves (1-2) also got solid all-arounds from freshman Brice Mizell and sophomore Stefany Bryan in their home debut.
The Owls (2-4) swept the top three spots on balance beam, including a 9.65 from Jean Alban, but came up just short at the end.
UAA led by only 0.025 of a point with two routines remaining in the final rotation, but Cook delivered a 9.625 and freshman Kallie Randolph earned a winning 9.675 on floor exercise to clinch it. Randolph, a local product from Anchorage Gymnastics Academy, now has identical 9.675s in her first three collegiate routines to pace the Seawolves on that apparatus.
Down to just eight healthy gymnasts, the Seawolves got a boost from Cook, who tied freshman teammate Julia York for top honors on vault at 9.65. UAA’s team captain also posted a 9.55 on balance beam and finished with a 38.125 all-around score.
Mizell, performing her first career all-around, tied Cook for team-high honors on beam with a 9.55, along with a 9.275 vault. Meanwhile, Bryan tied Temple’s Victoria Reggiani for the win on bars with a 9.55 and finished with a 36.600 all-around.
Another freshman, Washington product Nicole Larkin, posted personal bests on bars (9.5) and floor (9.575), finishing third on both events.
The Seawolves improved to 3-1 all-time against the Owls, from Philadelphia and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Up next, UAA and Temple face off again for a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee at the WFSC.