RALEIGH — For the North Carolina gymnastics team, consistency was the goal entering Saturday’s match against George Washington, N.C. State and William & Mary.
But with burdensome injuries from redshirt senior Michelle Ikoma and freshman Christina Pheil and miscues on the uneven bars, any glimmer of maintaining focus disappeared in the team’s 193.650 third-place finish.
The Tar Heels did not start with much steadiness. Slips and falls plagued UNC on the uneven bars. Sophomore Josselyn Mackey led off with a score of 8.95, while sophomore Lexi Cappalli could only manage an 8.05. As a team, UNC scored 48.1 out of a possible 50 points. which is the second-lowest bars score of the season. The lowest, 47.25, also took place in Raleigh.
Coach Derek Galvin said he was taken off-guard by UNC’s uncharacteristically poor start on the bars.
“On bars we just had some mistakes that quite honestly were a surprise to me,” Galvin said. “I just wasn’t expecting it.”