Seawolves tumble to victory

 

The Seawolf Gymnasts team snagged their first home meet win in two years Friday night against West Chester, Penn. and followed it up on Saturday with a bookend win. The final score was the highest this season with 182.275 to West Chester's 178.9.

Friday night the gym was quiet with few spectators as seven of the UAA gymnasts competed on vault, bars, beam and floor.

Alli Lackey, a UAA sophomore, started off Friday night's meet scoring her personal best on vault with a 9.275, earning third place in the event. On the second rotation, she slipped off the bars, incurring the second injury on the uneven bars for the night. Both Lackey and West Chester's Stephanie Herrmann fell to injury but finished the meet.         

UAA's freshman Mandi Burdick took all-round both Friday and Saturday night with a score of 37.175 on Friday and a career high of 37.425 on Saturday.

“The team did awesome and I was also pleased with my own performance,” said Burdick.

The Seawolves took the top three places on Saturday for the all-round competition. Jesse Currie had her personal best of 36.825 for all-round. Currie took third on Friday and Saturday overall.          

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At the onset of Saturday night, with one event left for UAA and West Chester – UAA on floor and West Chester on beam – UAA lead by about a point. Saturday's final score was 180.65 to 174.625 as UAA took their second victory for the weekend.

Having three of their teammates watching from the sidelines put extra pressure on the remaining seven Seawolves. Sophomore Stacey Renfrow, junior Rachel Glover and freshman Joanne Mitchell all medically red shirting this season. Renfrow recovering from knee surgery, Glover under going her eighth surgery in her gymnastics career and Mitchell with a dislocated shoulder is scheduled to have surgery in March. They are eager to return next season.   

“I was glad to see the girls come together as a team and have an excellent performance,” said Renfrow.

The Seawolves will be on the road next week but will be back the first weekend in March, hosting the Air Force Academy for their last home meet.