In their first meet of the 2019 season, the North Carolina Tar Heels were victorious over George Washington (193.525), Ball State (193.200), and Cornell (190.750) at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational. The Tar Heels posted a 194.750 to clench their first win of the season on the road in Washington D.C. at George Washington.  

The Ball State Cardinals took an early lead after rotation one when they posted a 48.725 on floor. A 9.825 from Sandra Elsadek and two 9.800s from Kaitlyn Menzione and Sydney Finke contributed to the Cardinals’ rotation total and allowed them to get off to a strong start. North Carolina trailed the Cardinals by .575 after the opening rotation when they posted a 48.150 on bars. Strong performances from Grace Donaghy and Rylie Dewhurst who scored a 9.750 and 9.725, respectively, was not enough for the Tar Heels to take the lead going into rotation two. George Washington opened on vault totaling a 47.875 and putting them in third place. Deja Chambliss’ 9.800 on her vault highlighted the first rotation for the Colonials. Cornell posted a disappointing 46.700 on beam in the first rotation, where they scored no higher than a  9.575 from Lyanda Dudley, ultimately putting them in fourth place.

Alexandra Zois performs on the balance beam for the George Washington Colonials at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational in Washington DC/GW Athletics

The Cardinals maintained a .425 lead after the second rotation where they a posted a 48.400 on vault. However, the Tar Heels fought to close the margin as they totaled a 48.550 on beam. GW kept their spot in third place with a 48.175 on bars and a notable performance from Alexandra Zois who posted a 9.825. Cornell was able to redeem themselves in rotation two by totaling a 48.6500 on floor, however, was not able to surpass George Washington in third.  

The Tar Heels went into the third rotation with determination and tied the Cardinals after posting an impressive 49.125 on floor. Two 9.875s from Madison Hargrave and Khazia Hislop, a 9.850 from Lily Dean, and 9.800 from Mikayla Robinson all contributed to the Tar Heels’ huge event total. A 48.700 on bars was unfortunately not enough for the Cardinals to keep their lead, however, Jordyn Penney impressed with a 9.850 on her solid routine. George Washington maintained their spot ahead of Cornell with a 48.675 on beam and a clutch performance from Simone Banen who scored a 9.825.    

It was anyone’s meet going into the final rotation, however, the Tar Heels were able to pull ahead and defeat the Cardinals by a .975 margin. A 48.350 on vault ultimately sealed the deal for North Carolina, whereas Ball State fell short with a 47.375 on beam.

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