Johnson set the tone for the Tar Heels by placing first on the vault and the balance beam, and Durkac broke personal records on the uneven bars and the floor exercise.
“That was really exciting,” Durkac said. “I’ve been working really hard, and I’m glad that it paid off.”
Senior Morgan Evans, a vocal leader of the team, placed first on the uneven bars and second on both floor exercise and vault.
A UNC-based breast cancer awareness program called Get REAL & HEEL hosted a health fair in the Carmichael Arena concourse before the meet, which helped draw a large crowd of just more than 3,500. The boost in attendance seemed to give the Tar Heels a little extra motivation.
“It makes it easier for the gymnasts to perform when they have a large, energetic, enthusiastic crowd behind them,” Galvin said.
The Tar Heels’ lowest team score of the afternoon came on the balance beam, and Galvin admits his team has room for improvement in the event.
“We could have scored a point and a half higher if we could have erased some of those mistakes we made on the balance beam,” Galvin said.
Despite the slipups on the beam, however, Galvin said he was impressed with his team’s cohesiveness.
“They are so supportive of each other. They are committed to each other, and I think that helps each of them perform at an even higher level,” Galvin said.
Against William and Mary, UNC proved it can excel on the mats. But it doesn’t just want to stop there.
“We want to be the most cohesive team in Carolina history, and I think we’ve already accomplished that,” Evans said.
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