That was the biggest issue for the North Carolina gymnastics team entering Sunday’s meet against Maryland.
But, riding the energy of sophomore Lexi Cappalli and junior Haley Watts, who placed first and second in the all-around competition, the Tar Heels never let go of momentum in their 194.8 to 192.3 victory against the Terrapins.
Before the meet against Maryland, Cappalli had never competed in all-around .
Instead of shying away from the spotlight, the sophomore shook off the nerves, remained calm and embraced the moment by earning a 39.2 score — which was good for first place.
Cappalli said that she just wanted to help the team with each event and improve upon last meet’s third-place finish.
“We were a little disappointed with our performance last week,” Cappalli said.
“And we just wanted to step it up and come back with that intent, and we were just intense from the get-go.”
As for Watts, the initial success this season has been a huge lift for the Tar Heels. Through three meets this season, the junior has placed second in the all-around competition two times, scoring 39.05 in Sunday’s competition.