THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF GYMNASTICS ...
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships
Saturday, Mar. 23 — 5 pm ADT
Royal Brougham Pavilion — Seattle, WA
(Alaska Anchorage, Air Force, UC Davis, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Seattle Pacific)
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAGymnastics Twitter feed for in-meet updates & final scores.
MEET PREVIEW: The Seawolves will compete for the 18th annual Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Gymnastics Championships title in the 6-team meet at Seattle Pacific’s Royal Brougham Pavilion ... UAA comes in ranked 4th in the league with a 192.800 RQS, behind UC Davis (195.215), Air Force (194.075) and two-time defending MPSF champion San Jose State (193.935), and ahead of Sacramento State (192.445) and SPU (191.770) ... in the 6-rotation meet, the Seawolves’ order will be bye-floor-vault-bye-bars-beam.
LAST TIME OUT: UAA got solid three-event efforts from veterans Sophia Hyderally and Kaylin Mancari in its regular-season finale Sunday, helping the Seawolves to a 192.250 total in the Michigan State quad meet at Jenison Field House ... UAA finished fourth in the competition, behind host MSU (194.975), Ball State (194.850) and Illinois-Chicago (194.325) ... the Seawolves also got big performances from freshmen Ali Marvel and Rachel Decious, who delivered four scores of 9.625 or better on their respective apparatuses ... the Seawolves started well on bars, getting a 9.8 from Michigan native Mackenzie Miller and a 9.7 from Hyderally to earn 48.175 points, equaling the 23rd-best total in program history ... already on pace to set a school record for beam average, UAA improved its number on that apparatus with a 48.625 total – 7th-best in program history – in the second rotation ... Hyderally flipped to a 9.875 to equal the 5th-best score for a Seawolf, while Marvel crushed her previous high of 9.7 with a 9.8, Decious matched her personal best with a 9.775, and sophomore Hope Nelson added a 9.6 ... Hyderally led the way again on floor with a 9.825, along with a 9.8 from Mancari, a career-high 9.725 from junior Kennedy Green and a 9.625 from Decious ... the Seawolves struggled on vault in the final rotation, but Marvel scored a 9.65 and Isabelle Fox had a 9.6 to anchor the lineup and boost UAA over the 192 mark.
UAA MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY: The Seawolves earned their lone title in Colorado Springs in 2009 but have not finished better than third place in any of their other 16 appearances ... Jessica Portlock is the lone Seawolf to win the MPSF all-around title (2006) and owns three of UAA’s 11 individual titles ... then-freshman Sophia Hyderally is the most recent UAA gymnast to win individual MPSF title, taking the beam crown in 2017 with her record-tying 9.925.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves finished the regular season with a 7-9 dual-meet record and rank fourth of six teams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 192.800 RQS – on pace to break the program record of 192.725 from 2016 ... the Seawolves are also on pace to set program records for beam average at 48.280 (48.103, 2016), floor average at 48.475 (48.431, 2016) and floor RQS at 48.580 (48.415, 2005), while their 192.188 total average ranks only behind the 2016 squad’s 192.303 ... UAA’s 194.100 score Feb. 9 was just shy of the school-record 194.125 performance in a Feb. 13, 2016 home win over Air Force ... the Seawolves produced season highs on bars in both their meets vs. UC Davis, including a school-record 49.075 mark Feb. 9 ... UAA has produced four of the top 20 scores in program history this year — 194.100 on Feb. 9 (2nd), 193.450 on Mar. 1 (6th), 193.125 on Jan. 27 (8th), and 192.675 on Feb. 22 (18th) ... on floor, UAA has earned three of the top 12 marks in program history, including the 2nd-best at 48.975 on Jan. 25 ... the Seawolves have also earned four of the top 14 scores in program history on beam, with the 48.800 on Feb. 9 ranking No. 2 and the 48.775 at Utah State on Feb. 22 ranking No. 3.
GYMNAST NOTES: Jr. Sophia Hyderally leads the MPSF on beam with a 9.860 RQS and is 5th on floor with a 9.825 RQS, giving her a chance to become the first Seawolf to lead the conference on an apparatus ... sporting a team-high seven individual victories this season, Hyderally is on pace to break UAA’s records for beam average at 9.765, floor average at 9.810 and beam RQS at 9.860, while her 9.825 floor RQS ranks 2nd; on bars, she ranks 5th all-time with a 9.663 average ... the MPSF Gymnast of the Week for her efforts Jan. 25 & 27 in California, Hyderally has nine career beam scores of 9.825 or better, including MPSF season-highs of 9.9 on Feb. 9 and Feb. 22; the Alabama native owns the UAA and MPSF record with her 9.925 beam routine at the 2017 MPSF Championships ... So. Isabelle Fox ranks fifth in the MPSF all-around standings with a 38.740 RQS, currently tied for the 3rd-best mark in Seawolf history ... Fox picked up her 10th and 11th career individual victories with her all-around wins against Brown ... the reigning MPSF Freshman of the Year led the Seawolves with eight event victories in 2018, marking the most for a UAA freshman since M’rcy Matsunami had 10 in 2013 ... Fox’s career-high 38.850 all-around Jan. 6 tied for 15th on the program’s all-time list and second-best in the month of January; it was also UAA’s highest all-around score since 2016 ... the Houston native paces UAA with a 9.650 average on vault, scoring between 9.525 and 9.725 on all nine this season ... senior Kaylin Mancari has been delivering the best gymnastics of her career, scoring 9.5 or better on all 10 of her beam routines and 9.7 or better on her last six floor exercises ... Mancari produced career highs on all three of her apparatus on UAA’s California road trip, with a 9.625 on bars, a 9.825 on beam and a 9.85 on floor, since matching her beam high at Utah State and her bars high at Michigan State ... on beam, Mancari is on pace for the 5th-best season average in program history at 9.670, while her 9.700 floor average ranks 10th on that list ... Jr. Mackenzie Miller picked up UAA’s first honor of the 2019 campaign when she earned MPSF Specialist of the Week for Jan. 7-13 ... Miller produced four scores of 9.625-plus against Brown, leading UAA on bars (9.725) and floor (9.625) in Friday’s victory; on Sunday, the Michigan native tied a career-high and 7th-best bars score in program history with 9.825, along with a 9.725 on floor ... Miller produced the 4th-best bars score in program history with her 9.875 in the win over UC Davis, along with a career-high-tying 9.775 on floor ... Miller has scored 9.625 or better on all eight of her nine floor routines ... junior Kennedy Green has been one of UAA’s most consistent 3-event performers, sporting RQS’s of 9.630 on floor, 9.550 on bars and 9.530 on vault ... Green’s 9.85 bars effort Feb. 9 tied the 5th-best score in program history and aided UAA’s school-record 49.075 on the apparatus ... Green produced her career high on floor with a 9.725 at Michigan State last week ... sophomore Hope Nelson tied for the 9th-best bars routine in program history with her 9.825 against UCD on Feb. 9, and followed with her best meet of the season at Utah State (9.55 V, 9.725 UB, 9.75 BB) ... Nelson is aiding UAA’s record season on beam with the team’s 5th-best average at 9.557 ... one of two Alaskans on the team, Wasilla freshman Ali Marvel has established herself as one of the team’s 2nd-most consistent vaulter, scoring at least 9.5 in all 10 meets and ranking behind only Fox with a 9.625 average ... Marvel’s 9.775 vault in the Jan. 11 win over Brown is still UAA’s best this season, and she became just the second Seawolf ever to earn MPSF Freshman of the Week honors following her personal-best 9.8 beam routine Sunday at Michigan State ... after a tough start on floor, freshman Rachel Decious has found her form since Jan. 25, scoring 9.5 or better in the last six meets ... Decious contributed to UAA’s historic Feb. 9 win over UCD with a 9.675 on her first collegiate beam routine, and she has followed with 9.775 beam scores at Oregon State and Michigan State.