UNC fell to No. 14 Maryland, a fellow member of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League, 195.300-194.425, in a dual meet Jan. 26.
The Tar Heels overpowered the Terrapins on the balance beam and floor exercise but fell by a narrow margin on the uneven bars and the vault. The individual performances were highlighted by a first place 39.200 from senior co-captain and EAGL Gymnast of the Week Elizabeth Durkac in the all-around.
The Tar Heels started the meet on the uneven bars where they were led by freshman Lexi Cappalli who recorded a new collegiate-best 9.825. She was followed closely by Durkac who scored a 9.800. Junior Emily Cornwell and Haley Watts, a sophomore, tied with a 9.675. Notching a 9.600, freshman Sarah Peterson rounded out the uneven bars for UNC. Carolina totaled a 48.575 on the event.
The Tar Heels followed the bars on the vault and finished just behind Maryland, posting a 48.125 score to the Terrapins' 48.575. Durkac finished first for UNC with a 9.775, while redshirt junior Michelle Ikoma recorded a 9.625. Peterson also earned a 9.625 with her performance, and freshman Josselyn Mackey added a 9.600. Rounding out North Carolina's scores, Cappalli totaled a 9.500 and junior Meredith Madjuka finished with a 9.350.
UNC tallied a 48.800 on the balance beam, beating Maryland by .100 of a point. Senior and co-captain Maura Masatsugu scored a 9.800, ranking first among her team. Durkac and sophomore Janell Sargent placed second for the Tar Heels, both scoring a 9.775. With a 9.750, Mackey finished third for her team. UNC finished with a 9.700 from Watts.
North Carolina also placed just ahead of Maryland on the floor, scoring a 48.925 to the Terrapins' 48.350. Watts and Durkac tied for first for the Tar Heels and second overall in the event with a total of 9.850. It was a personal best for Watts. Magjuka totaled a 9.775, and Ikoma finished just behind her with a 9.750. Peterson capped North Carolina's scores with a 9.700.
UNC will face Maryland again Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. at Carmichael Arena.