COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Freshman Isabelle Fox delivered a 38.475 all-around to pace Alaska Anchorage to a season-high 192.200 total in its season finale Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Gymnastics Championships at Cadet West Gymnasium.
The Seawolves finished last in the six-team meet despite season-best efforts on uneven bars, balance beam and vault, boosted by a pair of career-high scores from sophomore Kennedy Green.
San Jose State earned a repeat team title with 195.975 points, fending off rival UC Davis (195.200) in the final rotation. Host Air Force finished third with 194.975 points, followed by Sacramento State (194.775), Seattle Pacific (194.300) and UAA.
Fox, whose 9.85 on balance beam tied for 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.
Despite a slow start in the opening rotation on floor, the Seawolves were able to hit their stride on vault with a season-best 48.100 team score. Freshman Isabella Scalapino tallied a UAA season-best 9.725, and Green – a Colorado native competing in front of friends and family – sprung a career-best 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 to help UAA break the 48-point barrier on bars for the first time this year.
“I’m extremely proud of the way we bounced back from a rough start on floor,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho, who completed her first year at the helm. “We achieved a big goal of ours by breaking the 192 barrier tonight, and we’ve continued to improve throughout the year. I’m really encouraged by the progress that each individual gymnast has made, while Isabelle and Hope showed tonight why they will be the rocks of our program for the next three years.”
The Seawolves capped the evening with another season-best performance, tying for the 8th-best balance beam score in program history at 48.525. After Fox’s 9.85 in the leadoff role, UAA finished strong with 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.
“Everyone stepped up for us tonight – up and down the lineup – especially our seniors,” added Ho. “In addition to great gymnastics, we got incredible leadership from Kendra, Madeleine and – even though she was injured – Morgan Ross.”
The Seawolves’ 192.200 team score marked the third straight season high to end the 2018 campaign and tied for the 22nd-best in program history.
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