In the third meeting between the teams in eight days, the North Carolina gymnastics team defeated New Hampshire by a score of 196.100-195.300 on Sunday afternoon in Durham.
The Tar Heels opened its meet by tackling the bars. Led by senior Grace Donaghy’s score of 9.850, UNC posted an overall score of 48.775. But the Wildcats score of 49.000 on the vault meant North Carolina trailed by a score of .225 after the first event. In its turn on the vault, UNC, led by senior Khazia Hislop’s score of 9.900, posted a score of 49.150. Meanwhile, New Hampshire posted a score of 48.475 on the bars, which allowed the Tar Heels to take a lead of .450.
North Carolina’s increased after the third event, when it posted a score of 49.000 on the floor, while New Hampshire posted a score of 48.875 on the beam, meaning the Tar Heels held a lead of .575 heading into the final event.
UNC tackled the beam in its final event, where it would record its highest score of the meet at 49.175. The Tar Heels were led on the beam by first-year Elizabeth Culton’s score of 9.900. The Wildcats posted a score of 48.950 on the floor, which gave the Tar Heels the 196.100-195.300 win. North Carolina’s score of 196.100 was its highest recorded score so far this season, the previous record was a score of 196.050 in the last meeting between the Tar Heels and the Wildcats.
Who stood out?
The Tar Heels posted meet-high scores in three of the four events. Hislop’s score of 9.900 on the vault led the meet, Donaghy’s score of 9.850 led the bars, and Culton’s score of 9.900 was the highest score on the beam. Additionally, Hislop’s floor score of 9.900 was tied for the highest score of the meet.
When was it decided?
The Tar Heels opened the meet with a 48.775 score on bars, which put them behind the Wildcats’ 49.000 score on the vault. But, after UNC bettered New Hampshire’s vault score with a score of 49.150, the Tar Heels would hold the advantage for the rest of the meet.
Why does it matter?
Prior to Sunday’s meeting between the teams, North Carolina and New Hampshire had already faced each other twice in the season. In a tri-meet with NC State on Feb. 15, the Wildcats walked away with a 195.150-194.600 win. Two days later, UNC would pick up a 196.050-195.650 win in Chapel Hill.
The win also gives UNC an overall winning record so far in the season of 6-5, and a 4-4 record in the conference.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels will continue action in the EAGL when they host George Washington University on Friday beginning at 6:45 p.m.
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