The North Carolina gymnastics team placed fifth in the EAGL Championships. The Tar Heels were led by a strong performance from junior Khazia Hislop, who earned first in the vault and floor, and second on the beam.
The Tar Heels got off to very good start in the championship. Junior Grace Donaghy matched her career high on bars with a score of 9.850. She placed third out of 35 gymnasts.
Donaghy was not the only Tar Heel to match her career high. First-year Emery Summey earned a 9.725 and placed 21st in the same event. First-year Drew Aldridge also had good showing in the bars. She scored a 9.700, which is her second highest score of the season.
In the beam, Hislop scored a 9.875, placing second. Junior Alexis Allen cracked the top ten, finishing in eighth place with a score of 9.800. Senior Jamie DeCicco finished her EAGL career with a solid performance. She received a 9.750 and placed 11th. Those performances helped UNC score a 48.700, which is their highest score on the beam since February 16th.
Hislop had another terrific performance on the floor, scoring a 9.900. She ended up in a three-way tie for first. Senior Madison Hargrave placed just outside of the podium in fourth place, with a score of 9.850. Sophomore Lily Dean and junior Mikayla Robinson each received a 9.800, tying them in 15th.
Hislop continued her strong performance into the vault. She won the event with a score of 9.875. Robinson also placed in the top five, finishing fourth. Hargrave was not far behind in 14th.
Who stood out?
Hislop displayed her talent with a dominant performance. She was the only gymnast to reach the podium in three events. She had top-three finishes on beam, floor and vault. Hislop also won both floor and vault. Her victories mark the second straight year that the Tar Heels won both events.
This was also the second straight year that she won in a event after winning floor last year. She is first Tar Heel to do this since 2006. She also was the fist UNC gymnast to win two individual events at the EAGL Championships since 2005.
When was it decided?
Hislop closed out her day in the best way possible. She earned an outright victory in vault. She sealed one of the team’s top performances of the season, showing heart, grit and determination. Hislop also capped off a terrific day of her own, achieving feats that have not been seen at UNC for over a decade.
Why does it matter?
UNC has been depleted with injuries all season. Despite the disadvantage, the Tar Heels made the most of their opportunities. They were able to put a gymnast on the podium in each event, and multiple performers had career bests.
When do they play next?
North Carolina will not move on to an NCAA Regional as a team, but Hislop and Robinson were both selected as individual performers. They will compete in the Athens Regional at the University of Georgia April 4-6.
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