RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina finished fourth at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League championships on Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of NC State University.
Carolina scored a 194.525 to place fourth behind George Washington (196.275), New Hampshire (195.075) and NC State (194.875). The Tar Heels edged Pittsburgh (194.100) and Towson (193.225).
Following the meet, junior Morgan Lane was named the EAGL Gymnast of the Year, freshman Khazia Hislop earned Freshman of the Year honors and Amy Smith was named Assistant Coach of the Year.
Carolina's first rotation came on the uneven bars, an event that has proved problematic for the Tar Heels over the last three weeks. Once again, UNC got off to a slow start with a 47.475, its lowest score of the season on that particular apparatus. It was a deficit Carolina could not overcome.
Needing to score big on the next event, Carolina posted a 49.100 on the balance beam as freshman Alexis Allen posted a season-high 9.875. UNC added a 9.825 from Hislop and fellow freshman Emma Marchese and a 9.800 from junior Kaitlynn Hedelund to provide a glimmer of hope.
After another bye, Carolina moved to the floor exercise and posted a season-high 49.125, led by three scores of 9.850 from Hislop, Marchese and junior Morgan Lane. It was not enough as the Tar Heels entered the vault rotation virtually eliminated from contention.
Carolina scored a 48.825 on vault, led by Lane's 9.825 to finish fourth overall.
Lane fnished third in the all-around with a 39.175 and Marchese was sixth with a season-best 39.125.
Carolina now waits to see if it will qualify for the NCAA regionals next week. The top 36 teams in the country, based on regional qualifying score (RQS), will advance. UNC entered the meet in 33rd place with an RQS of 195.875