After finishing near the bottom during the EAGL Championship and NCAA Regionals in 2017, the North Carolina gymnastics team is looking to start the season off right Friday night at 7 p.m. against rival N.C. State.
Recap of last season
The team finished third in the regular season league with a record of 11-4 last season with notable wins during its quad meet against N.C. State, Pittsburgh and William & Mary, as well as a season-high score of 195.875 against New Hampshire. The team, however, slowly fell apart during the postseason.
The EAGL Championship consisted of familiar opponents for the Tar Heels: N.C. State, George Washington, New Hampshire, Pittsburgh and Towson. Out of the list, the only team UNC lost to during the regular season was George Washington in the Lindsey Ferris Invitational. Despite the success during the regular season and a healthy squad going into the postseason, the Tar Heels finished in fourth place with a score of 194.525 — the fourth lowest score of the season.
Heading into the NCAA Gainesville Regional, the Tar Heels were looking for redemption after they struggled through EAGL. This was the Tar Heels' first time competing in the regionals since 2013. There was only one familiar foe at the meet: New Hampshire. The other competitors consisted of some tough opponents including Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Penn State. UNC finished in fifth place with an even lower score of 194.425.