WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of North Carolina gymnastics team took down William & Mary for the second consecutive week on Saturday afternoon. This is the third meeting between the two teams during the 2017 season and the Tar Heels' third victory. North Carolina took a commanding 0.625 lead after the first rotation and continually expanded the margin to win, 194.075-192.875.
Morgan Lane finished third in the all-around competition behind Briana Gironda and Olivia O'Connor with a score of 38.425. This score brings Lane's streak of 39.000 or better scores to an end at 16 consecutive meets, which is the longest such streak in UNC program history.
After defeating the Tribe last Friday in a home dual meet, the Tar Heels dropped in overall score but still pulled ahead of William & Mary. North Carolina began the competition on the uneven bars, where the team tallied a 48.450 to William & Mary’s 47.825. Lane led the way with a score of 9.775, tying her for first overall among all competitors. She was followed by Grace Donaghy, who posted a 9.700. Madison Nettles and Christina Pheil each notched a 9.675 on the apparatus to tie for sixth place among all competitors. In addition, Emma Marchese added a 9.625 for the Tar Heels.
Moving to vault, UNC posted a score of 48.725. North Carolina took the top four scores for the event with new personal bests from Hedelund (9.900) and Nettles (9.875). Mikayla Robinson and Alexis Allen both notched a 9.675 in the event, and Christina Pheil added a 9.600 for the Tar Heels.
On the floor exercise, UNC tallied a score of 48.525. Khazia Hislop took first in the meet with a stellar score of 9.875. Lauren Weisel and Lane both scored a 9.775 to tie for second place among all competitors. Marchese finished in seventh place on the apparatus with a 9.600, while Lydia Davis added a 9.500 in her collegiate debut for the North Carolina.
The Tar Heels closed out the meet with a strong showing on the balance beam to secure the victory. North Carolina tallied a 48.375 to edge out William & Mary’s total of 48.275 on the apparatus. Hislop led UNC with a score of 9.850 to tie for first place with William and Mary’s Briana Gironda. Lane, Allen, and Hedelund held the next three spots on the leader board for the meet with scores of 9.825, 9.800, and 9.675, respectively. Marchese notched a score of 9.225 to bring the Tar Heels to their final score of 194.075 on the day.
The North Carolina gymnastics program will conclude the 2017 regular season in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday, March 12, as the Tar Heels take on the fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins. The meet is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. at the Pauley Pavilion.