Anchorage (KTUU) If you asked Sophia Hyderally if she ever thought she'd have the chance to compete at the NCAA regional gymnastics meet, she'd laugh at you.
"Absolutely not," she said with a laugh. "I didn't even want to go college gymnastics at one point."
Now the first every gymnast to qualify on the balance beam for UAA, Hyderally is full of pride and hope as she prepares to represent the Seawolves on a much bigger stage.
“I cried instantly. I was so excited, I had no idea that I had qualified,” she said.
Hyderally took first on the beam at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships back in March.
Her coach, Tayna Ho, knew she had it in her all along.
"We kinda knew it was possible mid season... and we never told her," Ho said with a laugh. "We were tracking it all season.. but I didn't want it to mess with her head. I didn't want her to worry about it."
For Hyderally, this honor, on top of the record breaking season the Seawolves had, is icing on the cake.
"Hust being able to represent UAA, and this entire team that I just love so much, it just means the world," she smiled.
Hyderally will compete in the Oregon State regional on Friday, April 5th at 1 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.