The North Carolina gymnastics team defeated New Hampshire, 195.875-195.075, on Friday night. The contest was a Pink Meet in support of “Get REAL & HEEL” and Super Cooper, two local organizations that provide support for cancer patients.
Friday night’s meet marked the third meet and third victory in eight days for UNC. Against New Hampshire, the Tar Heels started out strong on vault. Led by first-year Alexis Allen, UNC put up 48.750 points to New Hampshire’s 48.400. The Tar Heels wavered on the balance beam, falling behind New Hampshire as they entered the final rotation. Junior Morgan Lane, ranked No. 2 in the nation on the apparatus, posted a score of just 9.80.
Going into their final event of the meeting, floor, UNC trailed New Hampshire. Dominant performances by Lane and first-year Khazia Hislop gave the Tar Heels the much-needed push to secure the win.
Who stood out?
Once again, Lane put on a standout performance, securing first place in the all-around competition with a score of 39.350. She also placed first on floor, with a personal-best of 9.925, and second on the uneven bars, with a personal-best 9.850.
Three-time rookie of the week Hislop was key to the Tar Heels’ victory. She tied Lane for first place on floor.
Junior Madison Nettles finished tied for second in the all-around competition with a score of 39.075. Nettles scored a personal best of 9.875 to earn tied for second place on floor and was first on vault.
When was it decided?
The meet was neck-and-neck throughout, but the Tar Heels’ performance on floor in the final rotation was the deciding factor. UNC just outperformed New Hampshire, 48.950-48.850, in the event, including the two top-finishers.
Why does it matter?
The Tar Heels are an incredibly young team — 11 of the 18 members are first-years — and they are just now starting to kick it into high gear. It is rare for UNC to compete three times in just over a week, and the team showed mental and physical toughness in its win over New Hampshire. This was a major test as the team prepares for the EAGL Championship on March 18.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels will host William and Mary next Friday.
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