The saying goes that the third time’s the charm, but nobody told that to the North Carolina gymnastics team.
When UNC traveled to N.C. State Saturday night, it marked the third meeting between the cross-town rivals this season. After edging out a narrow 194.075-193.95 opening day victory in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels fell 195.65-192.45 a week later in Raleigh, for a third-place finish in a four-team pool.
And on Saturday, UNC, on the heels of losses to Boise State and Bowling Green in last week’s Chicago Style Invitational Meet , fell to the Wolfpack again, for the second time this season 196.05-193.65. UNC finished in third place behind the Wolfpack and George Washington..
In their first meet against N.C. State, the Tar Heels rode a season-high score of 49.05 on the uneven bars to victory. On Saturday though, the roles were reversed as two uncharacteristic UNC falls on the uneven bars left the Wolfpack with an insurmountable lead . The team also struggled in the floor exercises.
“The highlight for us was balance beam as a team,” coach Derek Galvin said.