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UNC gymnastics claims second place in first quad meet of the season

<p>First-year Elizabeth Culton performs her beam routine during the gymnastics meet against the University of New Hampshire in Carmichael Arena on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The Tar Heels placed first against the Wildcats.</p>
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First-year Elizabeth Culton performs her beam routine during the gymnastics meet against the University of New Hampshire in Carmichael Arena on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The Tar Heels placed first against the Wildcats.

In its first quad meet of the season, the North Carolina gymnastics team took on North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Towson. The Tar Heels finished in second place with a final score of 195.600.

What happened?

North Carolina started off on the vault, with redshirt first-year Hallie Thompson tying for first alongside N.C. State's Emily Shepard with a score of 9.825. Junior Emery Summey followed close behind, tying for third with a score of 9.800.

The team followed with its highest scoring event of the meet: the uneven parallel bars. First-year Kate Green and sophomore Elizabeth Culton tied for first place with scores of 9.850, creating a three-way tie alongside the Wolfpack's Carina Jordan. The team amassed a total of 49.050 points in this event, putting them only .05 points behind North Carolina State overall.

North Carolina continued to perform in the balance beam, with Culton once again winning first with a score of 9.950. She was followed closely by sophomore Hannah Nam in second place with a score of 9.875. 

The teams finished finished up with floor exercises, which were dominated by North Carolina State. The Wolfpack's gymnasts took first, second, third and seventh place in this event, pushing them over the edge into victory. The highest-scoring Tar Heels were Culton and junior Shailyn St. Brice, each with scores of 9.800, landing them in 11th place.

North Carolina finished the meet in second place with a total score of 195.600, only .425 behind North Carolina State.

Who stood out? 

Sophomore Brianna Greenlow was the only Tar Heel to compete in every event, and came in first place in all-around results with a final total score of 38.900. Greenlow’s best performance was on the uneven bars, where she received a score of 9.825.

Culton also had consistent high scores, winning first place in two events. In the three events in which she competed, Culton amassed a total of 29.600 points for North Carolina. Culton’s highest scoring event was the balance beam, where she scored a 9.950.

When was it decided?

The score was incredibly close throughout the meet, but North Carolina maintained a steady second place for the entire duration. Their victories on the uneven bars were not enough to overtake North Carolina State, who dominated the floor exercises to claim the victory.

Why does it matter?

In North Carolina’s last meet against New Hampshire, the team set high score records and won its first away match since February of 2020. Coming off of that victory, the Tar Heels needed to prove that they weren’t a one-hit wonder. Their performance in this meet showed that they are here to stay, and their competitive fire isn’t going away any time soon.

When do they play next?

The North Carolina women's gymnastics team will face North Carolina State again at home on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

@dthsports | sports@dailytarheel.com


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