NC State Gymnastics Wins 2013 EAGL Championship Crown
March 23, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The NC State women's gymnastics team won the 2013 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship Saturday afternoon at UNC's Carmichael Arena with a score of 195.175. Heading into the last rotation of the night, the Wolfpack trailed Maryland for the top spot by 49.050 points and not only matched that total on floor exercise, but surpassed it with a 49.125 to claim the victory.
The championship was the Pack's fifth EAGL title since joining the league and first since the 2009 season when State claimed the crown inside its home facility, Reynolds Coliseum.
Maryland finished second with a 195.100 and Pittsburgh claimed third with a 194.875, while George Washington ended fourth with a 194.750. UNC was fifth at 194.225, New Hampshire sixth (194.175), Rutgers seventh (193.925) and Towson eighth (192.675).
The Wolfpack began the meet with a bye in the first rotation, but competed on vault in its first event, finishing with a team score of 48.950. Junior Diahanna Ham headlined the group with a score of 9.875 to claim third place. Freshman Brittni Watkins turned in the next best score for the Pack with a 9.8. Sophomore Lane Jarred competed on vault for the first time in her career, scoring a 9.775. Senior Morgan Johnson, juniors Hannah Fallanca and Stephanie Ouellette recorded scores of 9.750.
Senior Rachel Fincham claimed the title on the uneven bars with a score of 9.85. The bar title was the first for a Wolfpack gymnast since the 2009 season when Lauren Deuser and Brittany Vontz tied for the crown, also with scores of 9.85. Ouellette tallied the next-highest score with a 9.775. Junior Kristen Harabedian, along with Watkins, notched a 9.750. Ham posted the final score in the event with a 9.675. The Pack ended with a team score of 48.8 in the event.
At the halfway point in the meet, NC State led the field with a score of 97.750, followed closely by New Hampshire with a 97.725, Pittsburgh's 97.675, George Washington's 97.325, Rutgers' 97.300, Maryland's 97.275, UNC's 96.500 and Towson's 96.200.
Fallanca paced the group on the balance beam with a 9.850 to finish in a three-way-tie for second place. Woodford notched the next-best score with a 9.8, while Ham tallied a 9.775. Ouellette, who led off the event for the Pack, was rewarded for her routine with a 9.750. State finished with a team score of 48.300 on the apparatus.
With its back against the wall and the pressure mounting, the Wolfpack gave all it had on floor exercise and were rewarded with a team score of 49.125 - the highest team score of the night in the event. Ouellette headlined the Pack's performance in the event with a 9.875 to claim State's first individual title on floor exercise since Brooke Barr and Taylor Seaman in 2010.
Watkins turned in a great routine on floor, earning a 9.850 to claim a share of second place. Jarred recorded a 9.825, while Ham notched a 9.8. Harabedian rounded out the scoring for the Wolfpack with a 9.775.
In the all-around competition, Ouellette tied for second with a 39.150, while Ham posted the third-best total with a 39.125.
NC State will return to action at NCAA Regionals, which will be held Saturday, Apr. 6. The location of the event and the other teams that will be competing in the regional along with the Wolfpack will be announced on the NCAA Selection Show, Monday, Mar. 25 at 3 p.m. The show will be streamed on NCAA.com.