Despite some stellar individual accomplishments, the North Carolina gymnastics team finished fifth in the Lindsey Ferris Invitational in Washington, D.C., on Sunday with a score of 188.925.
Five teams competed in the tournament, including George Washington, Cornell, Pennsylvania and Temple. The last-place finish was a disappointing result for a Tar Heel team coming off a victory in its season opener against William & Mary.
“It was a tough weekend for us," senior Lexi Cappalli said. "We didn’t perform up to the standards we set for ourselves in the preseason. There were some great individual performances, but collectively we were disappointed.”
Only five gymnasts competed for the Tar Heels in the floor exercise and the uneven bars, which left little room for error when taking into account UNC's seven falls. Coach Derek Galvin said the team needed to find a way to get a sixth person on the uneven bars to better perform in the future.
Sophomore Kaitlynn Hedelund, however, had no problem performing. Missing a perfect 10 by the narrowest of margins, Hedelund wowed the spectators with a career high and winning score of 9.900 on the uneven bars.