On Chapel Hill’s second snow weekend in a row, the Tar Heels escaped the cold weather at Carmichael Arena, where they faced off against No. 8 Missouri, Brown and EAGL conference opponent George Washington in the UNC Quad Meet.
North Carolina’s first rotation was vault, where senior Emery Summey started the team off with a 9.725. Things only went up from there, as Summey was followed by sophomore Cory Shinohara, who put up a 9.800.
The energy of the UNC gymnasts was electric as their teammates continued to excel through vault and they rushed to hug them in celebration. The only low point came when No. 41 first-year Julia Knower, the last Tar Heel to partake in vault, fell in her dismount. Regardless, her impressive performance leading up to the fall and her quick recovery allowed her to score a 9.625.
North Carolina’s execution on vault allowed them to finish the first rotation with 48.875 points, just .350 points behind the current leader Missouri, who received 49.225 points on beam.
The Tar Heels then advanced to uneven parallel bars, where sophomore Jamie Shearer kicked things off with a 9.700. Once again, UNC only advanced with time. The second gymnast to take on bars, junior Sophie Silverstein, put up a 9.750. Regular season All-American junior Elizabeth Culton walked away with North Carolina’s top bars score with a 9.900. Overall, UNC improved from its first rotation, finishing bars with 48.925 for a total of 97.800 points.
Despite the Tar Heels’ improvement, they trailed farther behind first place Missouri, who had 98.550 points. However, they still led third place George Washington and fourth place Brown.
Summey started off beam, just as she did with vault, and scored a 9.850 to begin the rotation. This score was then matched by Shearer, and similar scores followed, including a 9.925 from Culton and a 9.900 from Dekanoidze. The result was 49.350 total points for UNC on beam, its best rotation yet. Though it lessened the gap with Missouri, it wasn’t enough to put the Tar Heels in first place.
Junior Hannah Nam was the first UNC gymnast to compete on floor. She finished strong with a 9.875. Of the six Tar Heel gymnasts to perform on floor, only one scored lower than a 9.850, resulting in a floor score of 49.325.