The North Carolina gymnastics team faced off against the reigning national champions on Sunday. The Tar Heels fell to the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, 198.15 to 195.75.
North Carolina started the meet off on the uneven bars. Senior Kaitlynn Hedelund tied her season-high 9.775 on bars and recorded the best score for the Tar Heels, which earned her a seventh-place finish. North Carolina earned 48.075 points on the uneven bars, compared to Oklahoma’s 49.575.
The Tar Heels then took on vault. Junior Madison Hargrave kicked the event off and tied her career-high score with a 9.75. Sophomore Alexis Allen and Hedelund both set new season highs with scores of 9.825 and 9.875, respectively. Senior Madison Nettles and sophomore Khazia Hislop tied for fourth place for the Tar Heels after tying their career best 9.875 score.
The team set a new season-high score of 49.175 on vault but still trailed Oklahoma heading into the third rotation.
The third rotation was the team’s strongest event — the floor routine. Hargrave started the rotation off with a career-best score of 9.8. Senior Morgan Lane recorded a season-best score of 9.875, which earned her sixth place. Hislop earned the highest score for the Tar Heels. Her score of a 9.9 was enough for a third-place finish. It was North Carolina’s second season-high rotation of the night, as the team finished with a score of 49.275.