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Tuesday March 21st

UNC gymnastics earns third win over William & Mary 194.075-192.875

Despite falling in overall team score, the North Carolina gymnastics team beat William & Mary 194.075-192.875, marking the Tar Heels' third victory this season against the Tribe.

What happened?

UNC competed on uneven parallel bars first, quickly scoring a 48.450 for the overall team score. Junior Morgan Lane tied for first with a score of 9.775 while first-year Grace Donaghy tied for fourth with a 9.700.

Next up was vault, which was the Tar Heels' highest scoring event. North Carolina took home the highest and lowest scores for this event. Lane scored the lowest for the entire event, a 9.100, while junior Kaitlynn Hedelund scored a 9.900, a personal best.

For floor exercise, which is typically UNC’s highest scoring event, the team fell flat. First-year Khazia Hislop, who is ranked first in EAGL for floor exercise, posted a 9.875, while teammate first-year Mikayla Robinson posted the lowest score of 8.975. Despite the range of these scores, the Tar Heels took the top three spots for the event.

The final event was beam, something that the team as a whole struggled with during their first meet. The Tar Heels pulled out a win for the event as well 48.375-48.275. Hislop tied first place with William & Mary’s Briana Gironda with a score of 9.850 while Lane placed third with 9.825. North Carolina also had the lowest score during this event as well by Donaghy at 8.775.

Who stood out?

UNC took the top four scoring spots for the vault, and two had personal bests. Juniors Hedelund and Madison Nettles posted 9.900 and 9.872 respectively. This ultimately was enough to help secure a Tar Heel victory as the other events weren’t as high scoring as the past.

When was it decided?

During the second round, UNC did vault, and scored a team total of 48.725, the highest of the night for any of the events. This was enough to secure the North Carolina lead despite the rest of the scores being a little bit above 48.00.

Why does it matter?

The victory is UNC's third this season against William & Mary. With the EAGL Championship around the corner, this meet shows how strong and resilient the young Tar Heel team is. Despite all odds against them, the team is placing high scores unlike the program has seen in years.

Where do they play next?

The Tar Heels will compete at UCLA on March 12 at 12 p.m. for their final event before the EAGL Championship.


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