DAVIS, Calif. – Sophomore Isabelle Fox earned a 38.800 all-around and junior Sophia Hyderally equaled the second-best beam score in program history Sunday to lift the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team to second place at the UC Davis tri-meet at The Pavilion.
The Seawolves’ season-high total of 193.125 ranks No. 6 in program history, setting a January record for the third time in the last five meets.
UC Davis edged UAA for Sunday’s team title with 193.350, while Sacramento State finished third with 191.625. The Seawolves’ victory over the Hornets was their first since 1992, snapping a 33-meet losing streak in regular-season contests.
“It’s very exciting to break 193, especially this early in the season,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho, who returned to the gym where she starred four years for the Aggies (2007-10). “We are finding more consistency on all of our routines, and we put together a solid effort today. Our veterans – Isabelle, Sophia and Kaylin (Mancari) – really stepped up with some big performances.”
Coming off the second-best floor total in program history Friday at San Jose State, the Seawolves started on that apparatus Sunday and recorded 48.550 points, tying the 17th-best program mark. Hyderally – who just started competing on floor this season – placed second with a 9.8, while Mancari tied for fifth with a 9.75 routine.
Fox tied her career high on vault with a 9.7 to help the Seawolves score 47.900 in the second rotation and take a narrow lead over Davis at the midway point.
On bars, the Seawolves used five scores between 9.6 and 9.675 to post a season-best 48.200, tying the 19th-best total in program history. Hyderally led the way again, while sophomore Hope Nelson and junior Mackenzie Miller delivered 9.65s.
The Seawolves nearly won the meet with a strong finish on beam, but Hyderally’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season-best 9.9 in the anchor position was not quite enough against the Aggies. The MPSF co-record holder on beam with a 9.925 as a freshman, Hyderally’s Sunday score tied the No. 8 mark in conference history and equaled former teammate Kendra Daniels for No. 2 on the Seawolf list.
Following a 9.625 on bars, Mancari earned her second straight career high with a 9.825 on beam, and Fox tallied a 9.775.
UAA also got solid contributions from freshman Ali Marvel, who scored 9.6 on both beam on vault. Fellow rookie Rachel Decious earned a 9.6 on floor, while sophomore Isabella Scalapino had the team’s second-best vault with a 9.65.
Fox’s 38.800 all-around was just shy of her career-high 38.850 from Jan. 6 and ranks No. 24 in program history.
The Seawolves are off next week before meeting UC Davis on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center for their 2019 home finale. Call 907-786-1562 or visit GoSeawolves.com or AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com for tickets.