In a meet where leads were separated by in?nitesimal amounts, the .55-point lead gained by the University of Maryland’s gymnastics team on the balance beam was too much for the gymnasts of the University of North Carolina to overcome.
The team turned in a subpar performance on the beam, only totaling 46.800, a full 1.1 points less than their previous meet.
Going into the third rotation, the Tar Heels led the Terrapins by just more than a half a point. Yet after the rotation where UNC faltered on the beam and Maryland executed their floor routines, UNC found itself in a one-point deficit.
“We gave up a point and half on falls in beam and going into the last event they had a full point lead on us and we closed that to four-tenths of a point with our floor performances and next time we can’t afford to give them that much of a lead,” UNC coach Derek Galvin said.
Krista Jasper started the rotation on the balance beam and, despite a few bobbles, earned a third-place finish with a score of 9.600. But the Tar Heels began a downhill slide after that.