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UAA gymnasts open season with a victory

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 10
  • Published January 10

Isabella Fox and Hope Nelson each won events to lift the UAA gymnastics team to victory Friday in a season-opening meet at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The Seawolves, who are coming off one of their best seasons in history, scored 191.125 points to beat Southeast Missouri and Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Southeast Missouri, a Division I team like UAA, tallied 189.5 points and Eau Claire, a Division III team, had 177.6.

It was UAA’s first win over Southeast Missouri in seven meetings.

"All things considered, this was a great start for us tonight,” UAA coach Tanya Ho said in a release from the school. “When we had a couple falls early in rotations, our other gymnasts stepped up and posted solid scores to keep us ahead. We will keep building on this and hopefully have a little more success on Sunday.”

Fox, a junior, won the floor exercise (9.825 points), finished second in balance beam (9.85) and third in vault (9.625) to lead the Seawolves. She placed third in the all-around with 38.425 points.

Nelson, another junior, won the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.8 points.

Freshman Kenadi Brown made a promising debut by placing second in two events -- floor (9.775) and bars (9.7). UAA senior Sophia Hyderally shared second place with Brown on bars.

Southeast Missouri’s Anna Kaziska grabbed the all-around title with 38.95 points, a performance boosted by wins in the vault (9.675) and balance beam (9.875).

UAA and Southeast Missouri will compete against Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.