Friday night’s meet at N.C. State was a first for freshman Christina Pheil.
In her first meet away from Carmichael Arena, and only her second contest in college, , the Florida native was a bright spot for a North Carolina squad that struggled. Even though UNC earned a team score of 192.450, it finished third behind Michigan and N.C. State, respectively, who earned scores of 196.800 and 195.650.
Pheil ended the night tied for UNC’s best score on the floor while also finishing as the Tar Heels’ second leading scorer on the vault . The freshman, who finished second overall in floor in last week’s meet against N.C. State , earned the same score of 9.850 again on Friday night.
“Definitely, the crowd (was different tonight). It’s obviously geared towards Carolina back home, but the way that we’re here and the way that we’re there, the energy is still the same,” Pheil said.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Fla., Pheil joined a North Carolina squad that last year was one of the youngest in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League. Although fresh out of high school and already having an immediate impact as a freshman, Pheil wouldn’t call the transition difficult.