In the 2013 NCAA Morgantown Regional, North Carolina finished sixth, recording a 194.350 to the first-place University of Michigan's 196.725. The other teams in attendance, University of Illinois, University of Nebraska, University of Kentucky and West Virginia University, finished in their respective places.
Sophomore Haley Watts, who finished first for UNC in three of the four events, tallied a 39.000 while senior and co-captain Elizabeth Durkac was a close second in the all-around competition, earning a 38.975.
"Unfortunately, we don't have anyone that qualified on to finals," said head coach Derek Galvin, "But it was a good team performance. The team competed very assertively and with a lot of enthusiasm. I was pleased with that."
UNC was first up on the balance beam. Senior Maura Masatsugu, the second half of the captain duo, and Watts topped the team with a 9.750. Durkac was close behind, scoring a 9.725. Redshirt junior Meredith Magjuka earned a 9.675 while freshman Josselyn Mackey and sophomore Janell Sargent tied with a 9.650. Carolina combined for a 48.550.
After a bye, the Tar Heels moved to floor exercise, and again, with a 9.750, Watts landed atop the team alongside Durkac. Freshman Lexi Cappalli notched a 9.700, and fellow freshman Sarah Peterson recorded a 9.675. Finishing the event for UNC was Magjuka whose performance was awarded a 9.650. The team totaled a 48.525.
Next was the vault where Carolina tallied one of the team's highest scores of the season, a 48.775. Watts led the charge, capturing a 9.800. Behind her was Durkac who scored a 9.775, while redshirt junior Michelle Ikoma totaled a 9.750. Cappalli and Peterson each logged a 9.725.
On the uneven bars, UNC earned a 48.500. Durkac and Ikoma each recorded a 9.725, while Watts and Cappalli both earned a 9.700. Junior Emily Cornwell contributed a 9.650 to round out the event.
"I told the team that this was our first meet of the 2014 season," said Galvin. "After the EAGL Championships we sat down as a team and decided that getting ready for this meet was the beginning on next year. We're going to continue with this momentum leading us into next year."
Moving on to the national championship in Los Angeles are the Wolverines and the Fighting Illini. The top finishers in each of the meet's events as well as the two highest-scoring all-around gymnasts, outside of the those from these two teams, will continue to compete for the national title.