UNC gymnastics sees season end with fifth place finish in NCAA Regionals

The UNC gymnastics team competed in the NCAA regionals against Florida (197.125), Georgia (196.775), Missouri (196.100), Penn State, (195.325) and New Hampshire (194.175). The Tar Heels placed fifth out of the six teams with a final score of 194.425.

What happened?

The Tar Heels started out with their best event, floor, however, they couldn’t bring their A-game. They scored a 48.800, which was their highest event score of the night. The meet continued to go downhill from there.

Next was vault, another strong event for UNC. The team score fell even lower with key players not hitting their highest scores as they had earlier this season. They were in fourth after posting a 48.775.

Bars was the nail in the coffin for UNC, just like at the EAGL Championship. The team score of 48.275 was a hole too deep for UNC to pull out of. While all individual scores began with a 9, it wasn’t enough to save the team during this event.

During beam, the Tar Heels continued their nightly theme of posting scores starting with 48. The team was never able to make their way above 49 even on some of their best events. They ended the night with a score of 194.425, which was lower than the EAGL score a few weeks prior.

Who stood out?

Junior Madison Nettles places 8th for all-around with a score of 38.975, while teammates first-year Emma Marchese and junior Morgan Lane placed 15th and 16th respectively.

When was it decided?

Their last two events, bars and beam, sealed UNC’s fate. The scores of 48.275 and 48.575 respectively were the lowest of any team of the meet. This ultimately dropped them from being tied for third.

Why does it matter?

For the first time since 2013, the entire team qualified for NCAA regionals. After placing fourth out of six in the EAGL Championship, NCAA regionals was a time for redemption. However, UNC fell flat with a lower score than they posted during the Championship, ultimately ending their season.

Where do they play next?

This was their last meet of the season.

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