The North Carolina gymnastics team won its first quad meet of the season on Friday night with a score of 194.600, slightly ahead of Towson (194.275), and well above Yale (192.050) and Ursinus (187.425).
UNC started the night off on the uneven bars. Seniors Morgan Lane and Kaitlynn Hedelund both scored a 9.775, while senior Madison Nettles, sophomore Grace Donaghy and Mekyllah Williams all scored a 9.650. This pushed the Tar Heels into first place with a score of 48.500.
North Carolina performed beam in the second rotation. Hedelund kicked the event off with a 9.725 and then first-year Lily Dean followed with a season-high score of 9.650. Lane also scored a 9.800, the highest for the team in the event. The team finished the second rotation 0.075 points shy of first place, just behind Towson.
The third rotation was floor, the team’s favorite and best event. Coming into the meet, the team scored over a 49 in its first two performances in the event. Individually, the gymnasts scores were near perfect, with the lowest score a 9.700 from senior Lauren Weisel and the highest a 9.825 scored by Sophomore Khazia Hislop. Despite the high scores, the team couldn’t break the 49-point barrier, ultimately scoring a 48.900. The Tar Heels pushed to first place with a score of 145.700, holding a 0.125 lead over Towson with one event to go.
UNC finished the night on vault, securing a team total of 48.900. Hislop placed first overall with a score of 9.825, Nettles and Lane scored a 9.800 and sophomore Alexis Allen scored a 9.775. The team’s collective score was enough to secure first place with a 0.325 lead over Towson, who placed second.