The North Carolina gymnastics team lost to rival N.C. State, 195.850-193.700, on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Valvano Arena at the Reynolds Coliseum.
North Carolina (6-4, 3-2 EAGL) had a tough start on uneven bars in the first rotation. Graduate student Megan Ruzicka and first-year Emery Summey each had a misrelease move and scored a 8.850 and 8.875, respectively. Grace Donaghy scored a 9.725, Mekyllah Williams scored a 9.675, and first-year Drew Aldridge scored a 9.550 for the Tar Heels. UNC lost to N.C. State (7-2, 4-0 EAGL) on bars, 49.200-47.325.
The Tar Heels gained momentum in the second rotation on vault. Junior Alexis Allen scored a season high of 9.800. Juniors Mikayla Robinson and Khazia Hislop finished on vault with scores of 9.850. After five high-scoring performances, Ruzicka did not compete on vault in the 6th spot. North Carolina outscored N.C. State in the event 48.950-48.475, but remained behind NCSU, 97.675-96.275.
UNC moved onto floor in the third rotation. Junior Jamie Antinori fell twice in the first performance on floor to score a 8.400, and Aldridge fell once during her floor debut and scored a 8.950. Madison Hargrave scored a 9.800 and Hislop scored a 9.850. Robinson finished strong for the Tar Heels with a score of 9.825. North Carolina lost to N.C. State 49.200-48.200 for their first loss after five consecutive wins on floor.