DURHAM, N.H. - North Carolina finished seventh at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League championships (EAGL) Saturday afternoon scoring a 194.150, just .025 behind sixth place Pittsburgh. Host New Hampshire captured the conference title with a score of 196.375. Maryland was second, followed by Rutgers, NC State and George Washington.
"We're disappointed, but I'm proud of our team," said head coach Derek Galvin. "We faced some adverstity this year with some key injuries and we were so close to finishing ahead of Pittsburgh. We've got some work to do, but I want to make sure we acknowledge the accomplishments of our seniors Meredith Magjuka and Michelle Ikoma. They had outstanding careers and have been tremendous representatives for the University of North Carolina."
Magjuka, a five-time EAGL All-Academic Team member, closed out her Carolina career with a a career-best 9.875 on floor exercise to place fourth.
"It was a great way to end her career and I could not be more proud of her performance," said Galvin.
Ikoma, a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Award, had a 9.650 on vault and a 9.700 on the uneven bars.
The Tar Heels began the meet on balance beam and immediately put themselves in a deficit, counting a fall and scoring 47.975. Janell Sargent posted a 9.850 to lead the team and earn first-team All-EAGL Tournament honors. Sarah Peterson followed with a 9.725 and Lexi Cappalli added a 9.625.
Carolina rebounded on floor exercise, posting its highest score of the season on the apparatus with a 49.100. Magjuka's 9.875 lead the team, followed by Cappalli and Haley Watts both with a 9.825. Freshman Christin Pheil recorded a 9.800.
On the uneven bars, Carolina scored a 48.725 led by Watts' 9.850 and Cappalli's 9.825. Watts earned first-team All-EAGL Tournament honors, and Cappalli was a second-team performer.
The Tar Heels had a solid performance on the vault with a 48.350 to close the meet.
Cappalli (38.950) and Watts (38.575) earned All-EAGL Tournament honors in the all-around.
Competing with the smallest roster in the EAGL and one of the smallest in the country, Carolina struggled down the stretch in 2014 and will miss the NCAA regionals for the first time in 12 seasons. The Tar Heeis will wait to hear the fate of any individual invitations on Monday.