The North Carolina gymnastics team (7-5) did not disappoint its fans and seniors on Friday night when it reached its highest overall score of the season to beat George Washington University 196.325-195.500.
On UNC’s senior night, the veterans proved their position as leaders of the team with some incredible routines in Carmichael Arena.
The Tar Heels started the night off strong on the vault, posting a team score of 49.100. Seniors Khazia Hislop and Mikayla Robinson placed first and third with scores of 9.900 and 9.850, respectively. The high score on the vault gave the Tar Heels a small lead going into the second event.
For the second rotation, the team performed on the uneven bars, one of UNC’s weaker events this year. The team earned its second-highest score of the season on the bars thanks to senior Grace Donaghy and first-year Hannah Nam tying for third place with scores of 9.800.
Similarly, the Tar Heels also had their second-highest team score of the season on the balance beam at 49.075. Senior Alexis Allen and Hislop, as well as first-year Elizabeth Culton, all tied for first place on this event with a score of 9.825.
The final event for the Tar Heels was the floor. Hislop and Robinson tied for first place at 9.900 for the event, while junior Lily Dean claimed third and achieved a season-high score of 9.875. Senior Jamie Antinori added to the team score with her season-high of 9.825. The floor event cemented UNC’s win over George Washington and the highest overall team score of the season.
Who stood out?
On a night when the meet was intended to honor the seniors' hard work and accomplishments, the team's leaders carried the squad to the Tar Heels' best score of the season.