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Elizabeth Durkac earned her fourth all-around title of the season.
Elizabeth Durkac earned her fourth all-around title of the season.
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UNC Edges NC State
Release: 02/22/2013

The North Carolina gymnastics team scored a 195.050 Friday in Carmichael Arena to defeat East Atlantic Gymnastics League rival NC State. The Wolfpack scored a 194.875 in total.

In the pair's last meeting Saturday, NC State (10-5-1) narrowly took first place in the Sweetheart Invitational with a 195.675 to UNC's 195.550. But the Tar Heels (12-4) strung together a strong performance, led by all-around champion and senior co-captain Elizabeth Durkac, to take the win late this time around.

"Our goal coming into this meet was to try and build on the performance we had last weekend," head coach Derek Galvin said. "Our floor event was stronger than what we performed at NC State."

Durkac finished first in the all-around competition for the fourth time this season, with a 39.225, while sophomore Haley Watts placed fourth with a 39.050. Durkac was again bothered by a nagging foot injury but decided to compete on floor at the last second before the competition.

"She's such a composed, balanced competitor," Galvin said. "If she feel she can do it, then I'm going to let her go. She did and she ended up helping us win the meet and ended up winning the all-around."

North Carolina started Friday's effort on the vault, where the Tar Heels posted a 48.400. Watts led UNC with a score of 9.775. Freshman Sarah Peterson notched a 9.750 just behind her, with Durkac tallying a 9.725. Rounding out North Carolina's efforts, redshirt junior Michelle Ikoma finished with a 9.600, while freshman Lexi Cappalli earned a 9.550.

Following the vault, UNC edged the Wolfpack and totaled a 49.025 on the uneven bars, led by Durkac. Durkac earned a meet-high 9.875 for her effort. Ikoma and freshman Josselyn Mackey each finished with a 9.800. Watts and Cappalli also recorded the same score, each scoring a 9.775 for their performances.

On the balance beam, the Tar Heels recorded a 48.725. Durkac once again led UNC's effort, this time on the balance beam, where she recorded a 9.825. Mackey earned a 9.775 just behind her. Redshirt junior Meredith Magjuka tallied a 9.700, the same score Watts also earned. Sophomore Janell Sargent finished with a 9.725.

Trailing the Wolfpack heading into the floor exercise, North Carolina pulled together a strong performance and totaled a 48.900.

"Amy (Smith) and I asked to just have fun on floor - to sell their routines, perform their routines and have fun out there," Galvin said. "Whatever happens, happens. As it turned out, NC State had a couple routines on beam that weren't what they wanted, and we ended up sneaking past them."

Watts and Durkac  both stepped up and starred for UNC, both scoring a 9.800. Sarah Peterson and Magjuka also tallied the same score, each totaling a 9.775.  Ikoma recorded a 9.750, which Cappalli also scored.

The Tar Heels next take the road and will face Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

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