UAA’s Sophia Hyderally ended her junior gymnastics season with a bang during her NCAA Regionals debut.
After having broken records all season, she posted the highest score by a Seawolf gymnast at an NCAA regional competition with a 9.9 on the beam at Friday’s Corvallis Regional meet in Oregon.
“Sophia showed again what a big-time performer she has become this year,” UAA head coach Tanya Ho said in a press release from the school.
Hyderally was Alaska’s lone representative at the meet after having qualified individually last week after claiming her second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation balance beam title at March 23′s MPSF Championships meet in Seattle.
Despite a record-breaking performance in which she posted UAA’s second-best beam score for the fourth time this season, Hyderally just missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Championships’ finals.
Alongside three gymnasts from Oregon State, two from Florida, two from Denver and one from Boise State, Hyderally tied for fourth place among 56 gymnasts.
Hyderally placed behind third-place Maela Lazaro from Oregon State and Florida’s Alicia Boren and Denver’s Alexis Vasquez who stood atop the podium tied with scores of 9.95.
“(Hyderally) could have had nerves with it being her first time on this stage, and she didn’t show any. She was in a reasonable position to advance after the early session, so it’s a little bittersweet that she didn’t quite make it to nationals, but I also couldn’t be any happier about how well she performed and represented our program today,” Ho said in a press release.
Qualifiers for the finals will go on to compete at the 2019 NC Women’s Gymnastics Championship at Fort Worth, Texas’ Fort Worth Convention Center on April 19-20.