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Tar Heels Take Second in Tri-Meet
Release: 02/11/2013

The Tar Heels placed second with a 193.275 as they met George Washington and William and Mary for the second time this season Feb. 11. The Colonials finished first with a 194.675 while the Tribe landed in third with a 191.925.

UNC started on beam where the team combined for a 47.575, having to count two falls. Senior and co-captain Maura Masatsugu topped the Tar Heels' scores with a 9.800, finishing second overall. She was followed by sophomore Haley Watts who recorded a 9.725. Redshirt junior Meredith Magjuka placed third among her team with a 9.675. Senior Elizabeth Durkac, the second half of the captain duo, scored a 9.275 while freshman Josselyn Mackey rounded out the event with a 9.100.

"We didn't get off to a good start," said head coach Derek Galvin. "That carried its way through the beam lineup. Floor was much better. Everyone made their floor routines. We didn't have any major mistakes or deductions."

Floor exercise was the best event for UNC as the team notched a 48.825. The Tar Heels were led by freshman Lexi Cappalli who earned a 9.800. With a 9.775, fellow freshman Sarah Peterson was a close second. Redshirt junior Michelle Ikoma, Durkac and Magjuka tied with a 9.750.

With a 9.725, Peterson performed best on vault for her team. Matching her score on the bars, Watts tallied a 9.700. Cappalli finished third for the Tar Heels with a 9.675. Durkac and Ikoma each were given a 9.625 for their performances.

On the uneven bars, Carolina totaled a 48.525, besting George Washington and William and Mary. With a 9.800, Ikoma led her team and set a personal best. Durkac was the second highest scorer for the Tar Heels, earning a 9.725. With a 9.700, Watts was close behind. Peterson recorded a 9.675 while junior Emily Cornwell notched a 9.625.

Watts came in second in the all-around, scoring a 38.750. Durkac, whose ankles were a problem throughout the competition according to Galvin, managed a 38.375 to land her in fourth place.

"She's had significant pain," said Galvin. "But she felt like she could compete and she did. But it wasn't quite as sharp."

The Tar Heels have a short week of training as they head to Raleigh to compete at N.C. State Saturday at 7 p.m.

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