Fox Leads Seawolves in Season-Opening Wins

Isabelle Fox, Alaska-Anchorage (Photo Courtesy UAA)
Jan. 16, 2018

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ALASKA won a pair of home duals over Cortland (Jan. 12-14) in the collegiate head-coaching debut of Tanya Ho and freshman Isabelle Fox. The Seawolves improved by over two full points from Friday’s win (188.825) to Sunday’s (190.975), despite being down to eight healthy gymnasts. Fox delivered the best two all-around scores for a Seawolf since 2016 with a 38.375 on Friday and a 38.725 on Sunday. She scored 9.60 or better on seven of eight routines, winning floor both nights with a 9.70 and a 9.775.

UC DAVIS Alexis Brown captured event titles on floor (9.90), bars (9.80), and all-around (39.050), to lead the Aggies in a dual win at Seattle Pacific last Friday (Jan. 12), 193.125-191.325. First collegiate wins for Kelley Hebert on beam (9.85) and Kyla Kessler on vault (9.75) completed the five-event sweep for UCD. Last Monday (Jan. 8), UCD scored a fourth-place and team record total for a season-opener 194.400 in the NorCal Classic, beating the 2015 Aggies’ record opener (194.350). The UCD uneven bars team also set a new season-opening benchmark with 48.800. Brown scored at least 9.825 on three events en route to a third-place all-around (39.200), including a 9.85 on beam for a third-place tie.

AIR FORCE Anna Salamone had the highest event finish for the Falcons, competing at No. 8 Denver Sunday (Jan. 14). She scored 9.825 on the uneven bars, tying for third-place. Tyler Davis had the top Falcon score with a 9.85 on floor, tying for fourth, and was also fourth all-around (38.350).

SEATTLE PACIFIC totaled 191.325 at home against UC Davis (Jan. 12), its highest season-opening score since 2006. Darian Burns recorded a pair of second-place routines on vault (9.70, tie) and floor (9.80), and was third with a career-high all-around (38.550). Lena Wirth shared second with Burns on vault.

SACRAMENTO STATE scored 191.500 in its home opener against No. 15 Washington (Jan. 12). Jordyn Brent recorded a Hornet event-high 9.80 uneven bars routine for her first collegiate win. Jackie Sampson tied for third in that event (9.725). Lauren Rice tied for third on beam (9.775) en route to a third-place all-around (38.275). Jennifer Brenner tied for third on floor (9.775).

SAN JOSE STATE accumulated a third-place season-opening team record 194.475 in the NorCal Classic at Stanford (Jan. 8), ahead of UC Davis and Sacramento State and behind California and Stanford. Kaitlin Won led the Spartans with a 39.000 all-around and a third-place tying and career-high tying 9.875 on bars. Kaprece Nadonza led the team on vault with a career-high tying and fourth-place finish (9.750).