BRIEF SEASON REVIEW: Despite entering the season with an injury-depleted lineup, the Seawolves continued to improve throughout head coach Tanya Ho’s first campaign ... the Seawolves produced five dual victories and scored better than 190 in four of their last six meets, concluding with a season-best 192.200 at the MPSF Championships ... all-arounder Isabelle Fox was voted the MPSF Freshman of the Year and fellow rookie Hope Nelson tied the program record for uneven bars average at 9.713.
SEAWOLVES TOP OUT AT MPSFs: Freshman Isabelle Fox delivered a 38.475 all-around to pace UAA to a season-high 192.200 total in its season finale Mar. 24 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Gymnastics Championships in Colorado Springs ... the Seawolves finished last in the six-team meet despite season-best efforts on uneven bars (48.475), balance beam (48.525) and vault (48.100), boosted by a pair of career-high scores from sophomore Kennedy Green ... San Jose State earned a repeat team title with 195.975 points ... Fox, whose 9.85 tied the 4th-best beam score in Seawolf history, was also named the MPSF Freshman of the Year when the league’s end-of-year honors were announced following the meet ... freshman Isabella Scalapino tallied a UAA season-best 9.725 on vault and Green sprung a 9.7 ... junior Kierra Abraham matched her season high with a 9.625 and senior Kendra Daniels finished with the second-best vault of her career with a 9.6 ... UAA continued its momentum on uneven bars, tying for the 7th-best total in program history with a 48.475 ... freshman Hope Nelson concluded a stellar debut season with a 9.8 to tie for third place and equal the 14th-best bars score in Seawolf history, sophomore Sophia Hyderally posted a career-high 9.75, and senior Madeleine Arbuckle had a season-high 9.575 ... the Seawolves capped the evening with the 8th-best balance beam score in program history, led by Fox’s 9.85, a 9.75 from Nelson, a 9.725 from junior Kaylin Mancari and a 9.8 from Daniels in the final three routines ... in her final collegiate performance, Daniels became the first Seawolf ever to earn at least 10 scores of 9.8 or better in the balance beam ... the Seawolves’ 192.200 team score marked the third straight season high to end the 2018 campaign.
TEAM NOTES: UAA’s 192.200 at the MPSF Championships tied the 22nd-best overall total in program history, while the 48.475 on bars tied for 7th-best on that apparatus ... the Seawolves produced three top-20 beam totals in 2018, with the 48.525 at MPSFs tied for 8th and the 48.425 at Seattle Pacific ranking 12th ... UAA also had three program top-20 efforts on floor, with the 48.850 at Sacramento State ranking 5th and the 48.550s at UC Davis and against Centenary tying for 14th ... the Seawolves’ final 190.805 regional qualifying score ranked 69th nationally ... UAA’s highest apparatus RQS came on balance beam, finishing 65th with a 48.175.
GYMNAST NOTES: Senior Kendra Daniels won balance beam in four straight meets from Jan. 21-Feb. 11, including her UAA season-high 9.875 performance at the Seawolf Invitational, which ranked No. 3 on the program’s all-time list ... Daniels’ nine career event victories place her No. 9 on the program list since UAA moved to Div. I in 2004 ... Daniels was one of the most consistent beam performers in program history on beam, with an unprecedented 10 routines of 9.8 or better, including three this season ... an Oregon native, Daniels had UAA’s top beam RQS this year, with her 9.730 ranking 6th on the program list ... MPSF Freshman of the Year Isabelle Fox led the Seawolves with eight event victories this season, marking the most for a UAA freshman since M’rcy Matsunami had 10 in 2013 ... Fox’s all-around average of 38.400 tied for 5th and her RQS of 38.540 ranked 6th on UAA’s respective program lists and were 3rd- and 2nd-best for a freshman; on beam, the Texan produced the 7th-best RQS (9.720) and 8th-best average (9.623) in program history at 9.623 ... Fox tied the 4th-best beam score for a Seawolf with her 9.85 at the MPSF Championships, and her 9.875 floor score at the Seawolf Invitational tied for 10th on that list ... sophomore Mackenzie Miller tied for the 7th-best bars score in program history with her 9.875 against Cortland on Jan. 14 ... Miller had UAA’s 2nd-best bars average at 9.605 – 12th on UAA’s single-season list – and posted her career-best 38.200 all-around performance at Centenary on Feb. 9 ... Miller produced three event victories on the season, including a sweep of bars and the all-around Feb. 9 at Centenary ... with her 3rd-place 9.8 bars routine at the MPSF Championships, freshman Hope Nelson managed to tie M’rcy Matsunami’s program-record 9.713 bars average from the 2015 campaign ... Nelson also prodcued top-5 program marks in beam average (4th, 9.666) and uneven bars RQS (5th, 9.735), while her 9.696 beam RQS tied for 11th ... Nelson won both of her specialist events in her collegiate debut against Cortland, and she posted another win on bars at Centenary ... freshman Isabella Scalapino and junior Kierra Abraham leant consistency to UAA’s vault lineup, with Scalapino scoring between 9.475 and 9.725 on all eight of her efforts, and Abraham tallying between 9.5 and 9.625 in all nine meets ... the Seawolves finished the season with 11 healthy gymnasts, although senior Madeleine Arbuckle – last year’s team MVP – and Sophia Hyderally returned to action late in the campaign ... the Seawolves lost senior captain Morgan Ross, sophomore Sophie Riley, sophomore Tere Alonso and sophomore Louisa Marie Knapp to off-season surgeries or preseason injuries.
SEAWOLVES SMARTEST: Six UAA gymnasts were honored for their classroom success as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced its 2018 Women’s Gymnastics All-Academic Team ... among the 36 total honorees from the MPSF’s six institutions, UAA’s Mackenzie Miller and Madeleine Arbuckle produced the two highest overall grade-point averages ... a sophomore all-arounder from Waterford, Mich., Miller carried a perfect 4.00 GPA as a business administration major, while Arbuckle, a senior all-arounder from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has earned a 3.94 over seven semesters as an environmental studies major ... Arbuckle was joined by fellow three-time MPSF All-Academic Team honoree Kendra Daniels, a senior from Veneta, Ore., with a 3.36 in technology, while juniors Kaylin Mancari and Kierra Abraham each earned their second straight awards ... Mancari, from High Point, N.C., carries a 3.48 in natural sciences, and Abraham, from Reistertown, Md., owns a 3.31 in health sciences ... alongside Miller, sophomore Kennedy Green also made the all-academic squad in her first year of eligibility, with the Highlands Ranch, Colo., native sporting a 3.81 GPA in health sciences ... to be eligible for the MPSF All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must carry a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA, be in at least her second season, and compete in at least 50 percent of meets; as such, all six eligible Seawolves made this year’s team.