Jan. 6, 2012
Results | Highlights
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State gymnastics kicked off the season with a 194.675, but came up shy of the nationally third-ranked Florida Gators Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum.
Pack gymnastics played host to 2,512, estimated to be the largest ever for a season-opening event. That record-setting crowd enjoyed a career-best from Diahanna Ham, and the most impressive freshman debut since 2008 in Lane Jarred's floor routine.
Ham opened her 2012 campaign with a career-best 9.875 on vault to finish first and lead the Wolfpack to its 48.850 total on the opening rotation. Senior Brooke Barr added a 9.825 on the same event.
Jarred made some Wolfpack history in her career-debut on floor exercise. The freshman's 9.825 marked the best debut routine of any Pack gymnast since Megan Rowell in 2008, and the best debut floor routine by a freshman since Rachel Katz in 2004.
"The girls performed well tonight on a big stage, in front of a tremendous crowd, and I'm proud of what I saw," said NC State head coach Mark Stevenson. "We counted no falls, and that's going to always be one of our goals this season. It's the first meet of the year, so we'll obviously learn from some things, but overall I was pleased with our effort."
Barr managed to top Jarred with a 9.85 to finish third, and Jess Panza closed with a 9.8, as the Wolfpack rallied with a 49.000 on the rotation, its best of the night.
Stephanie Ouellette's 9.75 led the way on bars as the Pack lost ground with a 48.400 team total. Panza's 9.725 represented the next best score for State.
NC State avoided counting a fall on beam, and Panza's 9.825 to close the rotation and tie for first highlighted the Wolfpack's 48.425. Hannah Fallanca provided a 9.75, while Ouellette added a 9.7.
The Wolfpack returns to action Saturday, January 14, hosting BYU in Reynolds Coliseum at 7 p.m.