The North Carolina gymnastics team returned home to Carmichael arena and defeated Temple University with a final score of 195.600 to 195.425 on Saturday night. After a win and a loss in the Alabama Tri Meet, this victory was exactly what the Tar Heels needed to move forward during the late season.
The Tar Heels faced off against the Owls in four events: the vault, floor exercise, uneven parallel bars and balance beam.
During the first rotation of the meet, UNC competed in the vault and finished with a score of 49.175. Senior Emery Summey continued to stay consistent, recording a score of 9.800. Sophomore Kate Greene saw a slight dip in her previous scores from earlier this season, but still scored a 9.725. Sophomore Cory Shinohara excelled in the vault with a 9.875. The fourth Tar Heel to compete was first-year Julia Knower, who also received a 9.875. Hoping to stay consistent with the past two scores, first-year Lali Dekanoidze scored 9.875. Finally for this rotation, junior Jay Weil looked to keep up the momentum, but ended with a 9.750.
While UNC was on the vault, Temple excelled on the uneven parallel bars by scoring a 48.750 on that rotation.
The second rotation put the Tar Heels on uneven parallel bars and the Owls on vault. The first Tar Heel to compete was sophomore Jamie Shearer, who competed in every bar lineup but fell early in her set with a score of 8.125. Next was all-around junior Bri Greenlow. Greenlow showed off what she can do as she stayed consistent and scored 9.775.
Knower showed up on bars and had 9.825. Fourth was Dekanoidze, who scored 9.950. Isabel Schaefer showed what she could do as she received another great result of 9.875. Finally, junior Elizabeth Culton added a score of 9.025.
Temple took a shot at the vault and continued to test UNC, as the Owls inched closer by scoring 48.675.
After rotation two, UNC was beating Temple by just .2 points.