Aggies topple Seawolves, 194.675-190.225
The Seawolves (2-6) also got also got solid performances from junior captain Morgan Cook, sophomore Simone Penker and freshman Nicole Larkin as they lost for the first time at home this season.
The Aggies (6-8) led from the start in the battle of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals, powered by a winning 39.125 all-around from Anna Shumaker and a 38.500 from Tiana Montell.
UAA’s top placing came from freshman Julia York, who earned runner-up status with her personal-best 9.675 vault. Penker added a 9.5 vault and was the Seawolves’ top scorer on beam with a 9.65.
On bars, Bryan tied her career- and UAA season-high score with a 9.75, while Larkin (9.675) and Cook also produced career-bests.
Freshman floor exercise specialist Kallie Randolph popped UAA’s best score this season with a 9.75 to place third, and Bryan earned a 9.675 in the final rotation.
“Our team has really been affected by injuries and sickness lately, so under the circumstances, I’m very proud of the effort and our final score today,” said UAA head coach Paul Stoklos, whose top two all-arounders – Morgan Cook and M’rcy Matsunami – were limited to three total events Sunday. The Seawolves were also missing vault and bars specialist Marie-Sophie Boggasch (illness).
As a team, the Seawolves produced their best scores this year on bars (47.675) and beam (47.575), while breaking the 190 mark for the third time in the last four meets.
UAA freshman Brice Mizell also performed as an all-arounder, finishing with 36.950 points.
The Seawolves are off next week before hosting their home finales against Lindenwood, Feb. 28 and Mar. 2. Those events will mark the final UAA athletic competitions ever at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, with the Seawolves ready to move into their newly constructed home at the Alaska Airlines Center this fall.