UNC women’s gymnastics came in second place at the N.C. State Tri-Meet, defeating Western Michigan but falling short of conference rival N.C. State.
In their second road meet of the season, the Tar Heels started on beam, a difference from the start on vault that they have become accustomed to in their past two consecutive home meets.
Despite this change, North Carolina had an admiral start at the N.C. State Tri-Meet. The team was led on beam by senior Elizabeth Culton, who put up a 9.825. UNC finished the rotation with a score of 48.825, putting them in second place, .175 behind the Wolfpack.
UNC continued on to floor for the second rotation. The Tar Heels put up three floor routines above a 9.800, but the highlight of the event was a 9.925 by sophomore Julia Knower. North Carolina was heating up, with a 49.000 on floor, but remained in second place by .200 as N.C. State dominated in its home meet.
Vault was up next for North Carolina and resulted in 48.925 team points. The third rotation was characterized by consistency for UNC, who had no score below 9.700 and was led by sophomore Lali Dekanoidze with a 9.850. Heading into the final rotation, North Carolina had its slimmest deficit of the day, just .150 points behind the Wolfpack.
The Tar Heels finished the day off on bars, which usually proves to be their most successful event. In another strong and consistent event, the team proved their expertise in the event. UNC had the highest team bar score of the meet with a 49.225 and were led once again by Dekanoidze with a 9.950.
North Carolina finished second behind N.C. State. with a 195.975.