The North Carolina gymnastics team traveled to Kentucky for a Friday night showdown and finished in second place with an overall score of 194.625 in a quad meet against N.C. State, Lindenwood and No. 11 Kentucky.
UNC started out its first quad meet of the season with the team’s favorite exercise: floor.
The Tar Heels exceeded last week’s score despite scores of 9.700 from junior Lily Dean and senior Jamie Antinori. But thanks to seniors Khazia Hislop and Mikayla Robinson’s scores of 9.875 and 9.850 respectively, the Tar Heels finished the first rotation in second place while Kentucky held the lead with a team score of 49.075 on vault.
For the second rotation, UNC took on vault and ended with a team score of 48.950. Senior Alexis Allen’s score of 9.875 landed her in a three-way tie for first place in the event. By the end of the second rotation, North Carolina had taken the lead with a score of 97.875 while Kentucky trailed closely behind with a 97.700. Lindenwood was in third with a score of 97.150 and NC State was last at 97.025.
Bars seemed to be UNC’s biggest struggle on Friday night, as it finished with a team score of 47.750. First-year Sophie Silverstein’s score of 8.850 seemed to seal North Carolina’s fate even though first-year Elizabeth Culton and sophomore Drew Aldridge finished with scores of 9.800 and 9.750, respectively. Byt the end of the third rotation, UNC had dropped down to third.
Beam was UNC’s highest rotation score at 48.975 thanks to first-year Hannah Nam, Hislop and Culton. They finished with scores of 9.800, 9.875 and 9.900, respectively. Culton came in second for this event.
UNC finished in second, falling short to Kentucky (196.375), but beating N.C. State (194.425) and Lindenwood (193.300).