ANCHORAGE — Junior Sophia Hyderally delivered an outstanding three-event performance Sunday to help the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team to its third consecutive victory, beating Brown 191.175-188.900 at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (3-1) also got solid three-event efforts from senior Kaylin Mancari, sophomore Hope Nelson and junior Kennedy Green as they swept the weekend series from the visitors from Providence, Rhode Island.
The Bears (0-2), who improved two points on their season-opening score from Friday night, were led by winning routines from freshman Mei Li Costa, who posted a 9.85 on uneven bars and a 9.675 vault.
“We had a couple falls early, which is usually hard to recover from, but our ladies did a nice job of keeping their focus and improving throughout the meet,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho. “Even with those falls, we were still able to top 191, which gives us confidence going forward.”
UAA trailed by fractions of a point after each of the first two rotations, staying close thanks to a 9.65 vault from sophomore Isabella Scalapino and a 9.825 bars routine from junior Mackenzie Miller. Miller’s score tied a career high for the Michigan native and equaled the 7th-best bars mark in program history. Nelson tallied a 9.775, Green had a career-best 9.725 and Hyderally delivered a 9.7 as the Seawolves finished 2-3-4-5 on that apparatus.
The Seawolves took the lead late in the third rotation when freshman Ali Marvel scored a 9.55 on balance beam, and they expanded the advantage with a 9.7 from Mancari. Hyderally – who also posted a pair of individual wins Friday night – then anchored the rotation with a 9.825, tying Brown’s Rose Domonoske atop Sunday’s podium and equaling the 10th-best beam score in program history.
UAA nailed down the victory with a dominant performance on floor exercise, sweeping the top five spots. Hyderally flipped to a career-high 9.85 – tied for 17th-best in program history – and sophomore Isabelle Fox scored a 9.8, along with a 9.725 from Miller, a 9.675 from Green and a 9.6 from Mancari. The team total of 48.650 ranked 10th in UAA history and set a program record for the month of January for the second time in the last three meets.
The Seawolves will rest this week before traveling to Northern California for multi-team meets at San Jose State on Jan. 25 and UC Davis on Jan. 27.