This season, senior Kristin Aloi had only competed in the floor routine for the North Carolina gymnastics team. But against Pittsburgh on Friday, Aloi replaced the injured freshman Christina Pheil on the vault.
She paced around the mat, took a deep breath and sprinted toward the springboard.
She landed with a big smile on her face and was greeted with a warm hug from head coach Derek Galvin — Aloi had just completed her first vault since 2012. She missed all of the 2013 season due to a foot injury.
Her score of 9.8 earned a third-place finish on the vault and helped UNC earn a 194.8 to 193.875 victory against Pittsburgh.
Aloi’s mark of 9.8 was the third-highest vault score by a Tar Heel this season. The senior said that she was nervous before completing the routine, but knew her teammates would rally around her.