Classy, bullet-proof, passionate, lively and family.
These are the five core values that the 2015 North Carolina gymnastics team is going to live by this season, one that kicked off Friday with a close defeat at the hands of the No. 12 Auburn Tigers: 193.75-194.150.
Despite the loss, the Tar Heels were upbeat after the meet, choosing to define their performance not by the final score but by how they stacked up to their own core values.
“For our first meet of the year, the goals that the team had coming in, they achieved,” Coach Derek Galvin said. “We are thrilled to stay as close as we did to the No. 12 team in the country.”
A perfect team score in gymnastics is 200, with a maximum of 50 points available in each of the four disciplines: vault, floor, uneven bars and balance beam. UNC outscored the Tigers on three of the four events, but were beaten on the beam by .725, a wide margin in this sport, which was enough to give Auburn the overall victory.