UAA gymnasts sweep Temple

sports@adn.comJanuary 26, 2014 

A season-high score for the team, a career-high score for all-around winner Stefany Bryan and another sharp floor exercise routine for Anchorage freshman Kallie Randolph made for a super Sunday for the UAA gymnastics team.

The Seawolves broke the 190-point mark to beat Temple University for a sweep of their home-opening series against the Owls at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. UAA outscored Temple 190.150 to 188.100.

"I'm very pleased with the improvement we showed today," UAA coach Paul Stoklos said in a press release. "Breaking 190 is a nice accomplishment after our first three meets, and I think we will continue to get better as we get healthier."

UAA topped 190 points despite the absence of its leading all-arounder, M'rcy Matsunami, who along with regular Nicole Wetzel missed the weekend's meets because of injuries.

Bryan filled in nicely in the all-around, winning with a career-best 38.150 points. Her best score, a 9.625, was good for third place in the balance beam and represented another career-high for the sophomore.

Balance beam produced the day's top score, a 9.725 from Temple's Alexis Arena. UAA junior Morgan Cook was second with a 9.65.

Cook took the vault victory with a 9.65, finishing .025 ahead of a second-place logjam. Four gymnasts, including UAA's Marie-Sophie Boggasch and Julia York, were tied at 9.625.

Randolph won the floor exercise with a 9.7, marking her fourth straight meet with a score of 9.675 or better in her specialty. Nicole Larkin, another UAA freshman, posted a 9.625 to share second place with Temple's Jasmine Johnson.

UAA's Simone Penker and Temple's Reagan Oliveri scored matching 9.6s in the uneven parallel bars to tie for the win in that event. Boggasch was third with a 9.575.

The Seawolves have next weekend off before traveling to meets against Illinois State on Feb. 7 and Southeast Missouri on Feb. 9.

 

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