EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team 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 a quad meet at Jenison Field House.
UAA finished fourth in the competition, behind host Michigan State (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.
“We were not at our best today, so it’s really fortunate that our freshmen came through with big scores,” said UAA head coach Tanya Ho, whose team broke the 192 barrier for the seventh time in 10 meets this year. “Luckily we have a chance to prove ourselves again with a good showing at the conference meet next week.”
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.
On pace to set a school record for beam average, UAA enjoyed another big day on that apparatus Sunday with a 48.625 total – seventh-best in program history – in the second rotation. Hyderally flipped to a 9.875 to equal the fifth-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 boosted UAA to a 48.200 total.
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 concludes its 2019 team competition when it travels to Seattle for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Saturday at 5 p.m. ADT at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
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