The North Carolina gymnastics team placed third in Norman, Okla., on Sunday against two non-conference teams. No. 2 Oklahoma placed first with a score of 197.525, while No. 9 Stanford earned a 196.000 and the Tar Heels recorded a 195.300 - the team's third highest score at an away meet this season.
UNC began the meet on the bars, where the Tar Heels tied Stanford with a 49.150. Freshman Lexi Cappalli and Watts led the team with a 9.850 each, while junior Michelle Ikoma and Durkac earned a 9.825 apiece. Freshman Josselyn Mackey rounded out the Tar Heels' scores with a 9.800.
"We had a very good performance on bars," head coach Derek Galvin said. "The team did really well. Our team score actually tied Stanford, and Stanford is one of the top-10 teams in the nation. We also tied Stanford on floor exercise, and they only outscored us by one-tenth of a point on balance beam, so we did very well."
North Carolina advanced to compete on the beam, where the team finished with a score of 48.625. Junior Meredith Magjuka led the Tar Heels with her score of 9.775. Watts and Mackey were not far behind, each notching a 9.725. Sophomore Janell Sargent and Durkac also earned the same scores, both finishing with a 9.700.
Moving onto the floor, the Tar Heels scored a 48.875. Durkac placed at the top of Carolina's lineup with a score of 9.825, while Watts earned a 9.800. Ikoma, Cappalli and freshman Sarah Peterson all finished with a 9.750.
Wrapping up the meet on the vault, North Carolina tallied a score of 48.650. Durkac again led UNC, this time with a score of 9.800. Watts notched a 9.775, and Peterson earned a 9.725. Capalli and Magjuka rounded out North Carolina's scores, each earning a 9.675.
"If we can get our vaulting up to the level of our three other events, that's a good sign," Galvin said. "I was pleased with the way the team competed. ... I told the team afterwards that we belonged in that meet. We were right in there."
North Carolina's next meet - its last before the EAGL Championships - returns to Chapel Hill, N.C., and will be against Pennsylvania at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.