CORRECTION: Due to a production error, the photo caption incorrectly identified the person in the photo. The person in the photo is Madison Hargrave. Additionally the story incorrectly stated junior Khazia Hislop's score on floor and how she placed. She scored a 9.950 on her floor routine and finished in first.
Madison Hargrave appeared from within a fury of blue and white sparkles, sharpened her gaze to the vault that was 82 feet in front of her and sprinted.
She came down with a 9.800.
This would be the last landing the senior stuck in Carmichael Arena, her last meet at home as a Tar Heel (6-5, 3-3 EAGL).
Hargrave’s team put up a 48.975 total score behind her. It was the fifth consecutive meet that the team has scored 48.950 or more on the vault.
“It was kind of an out-of-body experience competing for the last time in Carmichael,” said Hargrave, who celebrated her senior night along with Jamie DeCicco and Megan Ruzicka on Friday.
With resilience, passion and dedication, all three gymnasts faced challenges during their collegiate career that led them to this final home meet. A meet that started promising but ended in a 194.950-194.275 loss to New Hampshire.
“It’s the story of three amazing women,” head coach Derek Galvin said of his seniors. “They’ve all overcome adversity, they’ve all been tenacious in the way they trained and competed, and it’s inspiring to be around people like that.”
Both DeCicco and Hargrave suffered injuries that could have ended their gymnastic careers, but Galvin has seen them fight to remain in competition.