UNC gymnastics team narrowly beats NC State, 196.625-196.350


After earning a home victory over Temple University last Saturday, the North Carolina Gymnastics Team (9-5) traveled to Raleigh and added another win to their record after defeating the NC State Wolfpack ( 8-4) 196.625-196.350.

What happened?

With North Carolina ranked first in the EAGL conference and the Wolfpack second, this competition was kept close until the very end. In this dual road meet, the Tar Heels took on the NC State gymnastics team in four events: floor exercise, vault, uneven parallel bars and balance beam.

For the first rotation, UNC started on the uneven parallel bars and finished with a score of 49.025. The highest score in that event for the Tar Heels was 9.825 thanks to a clean performance by junior Elizabeth Culton. The Wolfpack finished their first rotation on UNC by 0.025 points, with a final score of 49.050 on vault.

Continuing the second rotation, the Tar Heels competed on vault while NC State moved on to uneven parallel bars. Freshman Julia Knower particularly excelled and set a new college personal best of 9.875, which freshman Lali Dekanoidze also scored in this event. Although the Wolfpack earned a score of 48.900 after a few tumbles and slip-ups, UNC took the lead finishing with an impressive spin score of 49.225, bringing the total score to 98.250 of NC State’s 97.950.

UNC then moved on to floor exercise for the third rotation and did not disappoint. Junior Hannah Nam kicked off this event with a stellar score of 9.825. Dekanoidze once again brought his best and left it all on the floor as he clocked a new college personal best of 9.900. Still holding this competition neck and neck, the Wolfpack earned an impressive score of 49.175. Bringing the same number of points, however, the Tar Heels remained in the lead with a total of 147.425 points, compared to NC State’s 147.125.

To end the competition, North Carolina qualified for the balance beam and finished with a score of 49.200. Once again, Dekanoidze earned the most points in this rotation with a score of 9.900. Competing in the floor exercise for this rotation, NC State tallied 49.225 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat UNC. In the end, the Tar Heels finished top with a score of 196.625, while the Wolfpack finished with an overall score of 196.350.

Who stood out?

Many members of this North Carolina team gave perhaps some of their best performances of the season throughout this encounter, especially senior Emery Summey, who matched her personal best of 9.825 in jump and jump. beam. Dekanoidze, last week’s EAGL Gymnast of the Week, is proving to be a deep leader on this team in his freshman year at UNC. In this competition, she not only achieved a new personal best of 9.900 in the floor exercise, but she also achieved a dazzling score of 39.475.

When was it decided?

With the total scores only 0.3 points apart at the end of the third rotation, this encounter was decided only to the last competitor of the last rotation. Although the Wolfpack was barely leading at the end of the first rotation, the Tar Heels dominated in every other area, winning by just .275 points.

Why is this important?

This first road victory for the Tar Heels not only helps retain their first place finish in the EAGL conference, but their final score of 196.625 is a season high and improves the chances of qualifying for regional and national competition this year. . Nationally, the qualifying score is based on the team’s best six scores, three of which must be away, so this victory was imperative for their future success.

When do they play next?

After competing on the road, the Tar Heels will return to Carmichael Arena for their final home meeting of the season to take on West Virginia next Saturday at 6:45 p.m.

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