Juniors Khazia Hislop and Mikayla Robinson represented North Carolina gymnastics at the Athens Regional in the 2019 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships on Friday. It was the third time in three years that each has participated in a regional.
Hislop qualified to compete in vault, beam and floor with nationally qualifying scores of 9.890, 9.855 and 9.925 respectively. She is ranked nationally at No. 23 for vault, No. 79 for beam and No. 16 for floor. The junior rotated with Iowa State during Session One on Friday afternoon.
Hislop kicked off the afternoon on beam and scored a 9.800, eplacing 12th in that session. On floor, one of Hislop’s best events, the junior scored lower than normal. She scored a 9.875, placing seventh. According to head coach Derek Galvin, Hislop competed with a lot of power, almost too much power. Her flips and tumbles were some of the highest they had been all season, occasionally causing her to have to take an extra step or not land solidly.
Hislop’s powerful performance continued on vault, where she scored a 9.875. While she placed fourth, there were still small errors that the junior should have been able to avoid. Similarly, to floor, when Hislop landed her vault, she bounced again ever so slightly from her strong dismount.