The North Carolina gymnastics team showed flashes of its potential but couldn’t latch onto any form of consistency in Friday’s meet against N.C. State, Towson and No. 8 Michigan.
After defeating rival N.C. State in the opening match of the season, UNC was hoping to extend its momentum on the road at Reynolds Coliseum. But with a slow start on the balance beam, UNC could never quite recover and finished in third place with a score of 192.450.
Senior Meredith Magjuka opened up the match with a score of 9.8 on the beam, and junior Janell Sargent closed the beam portion with a 9.825 . But with some slips, swaying and stumbling in between, the rest of the performers missed the opportunity to follow up Magjuka’s strong start. On the balance beam, UNC finished with a score of 47.825 , compared to the 48.150 it had in the first meet.
“To have your leadoff competitor go a 9.8, the rest of the team just has to stay on, and they were all going to go in that same range,” said coach Derek Galvin. “So it was unfortunate that we weren’t able to take advantage of that.”
Although UNC did not perform well as a unit, there was some much-needed lift provided by junior Haley Watts, who placed third in the all-around competition. And from the underclassmen on the team, in the floor exercise, sophomore Lexi Cappalli and freshman Christina Pheil led the team with scores of 9.85.