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Senior Elizabeth Durkac won the all-around title.
Senior Elizabeth Durkac won the all-around title.
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Durkac Leads Tar Heels to First Place
Release: 01/20/2013

CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina took the top spot in its first home meet of the season Sunday with a score of 194.500, defeating both William & Mary and George Washington in Carmichael Arena. William & Mary finished second with a score of 192.925, while George Washington placed third with a total of 192.475.

Senior co-captain Elizabeth Durkac won the all-around title with a combined score of 39.300, after placing first in both the vault and uneven bars. The Yorktown, Va., native also finished second on the balance beam and the floor exercise. Freshman Josselyn Mackey rounded out the Tar Heels' top performers, finishing seventh with a combined score of 37.350.

"Overall I was pleased for the team that they had so much energy and enthusiasm," head coach Derek Galvin said. "The overall performance was stronger than last weekend, and Elizabeth Durkac just looked fantastic. Every class - the seniors, the juniors, the sophomores, the freshmen - all contributed well."

The Tar Heels began the meet with a yet-again strong performance on the vault, where Durkac totaled a 9.800 and won the event. Not far behind, freshmen Sarah Peterson and Lexi Cappalli tied for third place in the event with scores of 9.750 in their first home meet as Tar Heels. Redshirt junior Michelle Ikoma earned a 9.700, and fellow redshirt junior Meredith Magjuka added a 9.675, just ahead of Mackey who totaled a 9.600.

UNC then moved on to the bars, where Durkac again led North Carolina and the competition - this time with a 9.850. Junior Emily Cornwell finished just behind Durkac with a 9.800, which placed her in third for the meet. Peterson and sophomore Haley Watts totaled scores of 9.775, and Cappalli added a 9.700 to the Tar Heels' effort.  Mackey rounded out UNC's score with a 9.275.

On the beam Durkac once more was North Carolina's standout athlete, totaling a score of 9.825. Watts added a 9.775, while Mackey and sophomore Janell Sargent both scored a 9.750. Magjuka earned a 9.675, and senior co-captain Maura Masatsugu added a 9.300.

For the floor exercise Durkac earned a 9.825 to top the Tar Heels. Watts and Ikoma finished just behind her with scores of 9.775, which tied the pair for third in the meet. Magjuka added a 9.750, while Cappalli finished with a 9.025 and Mackey totaled an 8.725.

Galvin said he was particularly impressed with the freshmen class, which competed in Carmichael for the first time in front of a crowd of 2,823 people.

"This was the first home meet for the freshmen, and they were probably a little bit nervous competing in front of friends and family, but they did a good job," Galvin said.

North Carolina moves on to face a conference opponent next Saturday, when the Tar Heels compete against Maryland in College Park, Md., at 7 p.m.

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