The weather outside Carmichael Arena was cold and miserable, but in the final event of a meet against N.C. State Friday night, the North Carolina gymnastics team was anything but.
UNC barely lost to the Wolfpack in Raleigh last weekend but got revenge this weekend, edging out N.C. State 195.050 to 194.875.
Coach Derek Galvin said the team’s meet last weekend gave the Tar Heels motivation for the rematch at home.
“Our goal coming into this meet was to try and build on the performances that we had last weekend,” Galvin said.
But through the first three events of the night, it looked as though North Carolina would be repeating its performance from last week. N.C. State was ahead 146.700 to 146.150 going into the final events — the beam for N.C. State and the floor for UNC.
North Carolina’s first gymnast to compete, redshirt junior Meredith Magjuka, fell down while attempting to land, but that and other early mishaps did not deter the Tar Heels.
“We know that she gave it her all,” sophomore Haley Watts said. “So we just fed off of her energy and just picked it up from there.”
The Tar Heels were more energized in their second event, notching a 49.025 on bars — one of their highest event scores of the season.
But UNC still had some catching up to do on the floor exercise, and senior Elizabeth Durkac quickly realized the gravity of the situation.