Feb. 11, 2007
Senior Christine Robella won the all-around to lead the North Carolina gymnastics team to a win Sunday afternoon at the Tar Heel Invitational. At the five-team meet, Carolina's score of 194.525 helped to outscore runner-up NC State (193.975). George Washington claimed third place with a score of 190.975, followed by James Madison in fourth (182.150), and Wisconsin-Oshkosh in fifth (182.325).
Competing at their first home meet of the season in front of a crowd of 2,339 screaming fans, the Tar Heels landed season-high scores on balance beam (48.850) and floor exercise (48.775).
"I was so pleased with the energy of the girls at this meet," said Coach Derek Galvin. "Balance beam was by far our strongest event. That event really helped the girls get re-focused and helped us win the meet." In addition to her all-around win, Robella placed first on floor exercise and vault. On floor exercise, Robella finished with a season-high score of 9.900.
Freshman Christine Nguyen also had a strong meet finishing first on balance beam with a 9.850, tying for second with teammate Jennifer Valby on vault with a 9.800, and placing third in the all-around. On uneven bars, freshman Teri Diamond led the Tar Heels with her second place score of 9.750, tying her highest score of the season. Junior Sarrie Rubin also was a highlight at the meet, placing second on floor exercise with a season-high 9.800.
"It was so great to see such a big crowd at the meet," said Galvin. "It was by far one of the largest crowds we've had at a home meet in recent years. The fans are just so supportive and great. Their cheers really helped the team excel at the meet."
Fans will get another opportunity to cheer on the gymnasts at home on Friday, Feb. 16 when the Tar Heels take on the University of Minnesota. The meet will take place at 7 p.m. in Carmichael Auditorium.
Courtney Turco and the Tar Heels finished first as a team on vault, balance beam, and floor exercise.