History repeated itself when the North Carolina gymnastics team took on Maryland in Carmichael Arena on Saturday.
The team’s season opener was marked by individual triumphs, but the Tar Heels eventually fell to the Terrapins, losing the meet 193-192.6.
Last season, UNC held its first home meet against the Terrapins and lost by less than half a point.
Despite the loss, head coach Derek Galvin was pleased with the team’s progress.
“The level of performances was higher than what we’ve done up to this point,” Galvin said.
Junior Morgan Evans continued her reign as the Tar Heels’ top performer and won her fourth consecutive All-Around title with a score of 38.85. Evans has taken the top spot in each meet the team has competed in this season. Junior Krista Jasper also earned a personal-best All-Around score, and placed second with a 38.775.
North Carolina started strong on the vault, gathering a team score of 48.7. Jasper and freshman Kristin Aloi upgraded their difficulty on the vault. Both performed Yurchenko layout fulls instead of the Yurchenko layouts they had competed earlier in the season.
“I was really nervous, but excited at the same time because I know I’m capable of doing that,” Jasper said. “I proved to myself that I can do it under pressure.”
The Tar Heels excelled on the uneven bars, and a missed release move by Maryland’s Abigail Adams gave the Tar Heels the opening they needed to claim the event.