North Carolina topped East Atlantic Gymnastics League rival No. 15 Maryland in a rematch Saturday in Carmichael Arena. The Tar Heels finished with a 195.675, their highest score of the season, while the Terrapins totaled 194.825.
Sophomore Haley Watts scored a 39.225 in the all-around to earn first place honors. Just behind her was teammate Elizabeth Durkac, a senior and co-captain, who tallied a 39.200 for the second week in a row.
"We came into this meet focusing on the fact that we know we can do this and not letting any negativity get into our minds," said Watts. "We went out there and gave it our all."
Carolina began its rotation on the vault where the team totaled its highest score of the season on the event, a 48.975. The Tar Heels were led by Watts who earned a personal best 9.850. Freshman Lexi Cappalli tied for third overall and set a new personal best with a 9.825. Scoring a 9.800 each, freshman Sarah Peterson and Durkac tied. Junior Meredith Magjuka rounded out the event for her team with a 9.700.
The Tar Heels moved on to the uneven bars, tallying a 48.750. With a 9.800, Durkac landed in third place overall, followed by Peterson and Watts who each notched a 9.775 to tie for fourth place. Redshirt junior Michelle Ikoma competed the event for her first time this season and recorded a 9.750. Cappalli and junior Emily Cornwell both logged a 9.650.
On the balance beam, sophomore Janell Sargent, freshman Josselyn Mackey and senior and co-captain Maura Masatsugu all scored a 9.800. Durkac came in second for the Tar Heels with a 9.775. Watts earned a 9.750, and Magjuka finished with a 9.700. Carolina combined for 48.925 to Maryland's 48.250.
UNC finished the meet with floor exercise where the Tar Heels, again, bested the Terrapins with a 49.025. Watts tied for first overall, scoring a 9.850. She was followed closely by Durkac who recorded a 9.825. Each logging a 9.800, Cappalli and Magjuka tied for fifth overall. Peterson's performance was given a 9.750.
"They realize that they are capable of performing well in all four events, they just have to do it all in the same meet," said head coach Derek Galvin. "Tonight, they finally had a complete meet. The energy that came from the team, the enthusiasm, they carried each other and no one backed off."
The Tar Heels performed in front of the second largest crowd in UNC history as 3402 people came out to show their support. The highest attendance for a meet in Carmichael was in 2012 when 3548 people watched as Carolina topped William and Mary.
UNC will travel to Washington D.C. to take on George Washington for the third time this season Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.