RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State gymnastics team scored a season-high 194.950 in defeating four teams at the Governor's Cup. The Wolfpack (5-6) scored the second-best vault score in school history in the meet, and had season-highs on three of the four events. The Pack defeated North Carolina (194.450), Maryland (193.675), New Hampshire (191.775) and Towson (191.700).
In the annual Governor's Cup, two teams from the state of Maryland (Towson and Maryland) combine scores against UNC and NC State. This year, the state of North Carolina prevailed 389.400-to-385.375.
"I thought one of the highlights of the meet was the artistic performances that we had on our routines," We still counted falls on beam and had some small mistakes on floor, but overall we looked like a much, much better team."
NC State had a record setting day on vault to open the meet, posting a 49.250, the second-best score in school history. In addition, junior Taylor Seaman scored a 9.925, the second-highest vault score in school history and the highest since 2004 for a Wolfpack gymnast. She tied for first at the meet in the event.
Freshman Brooke Barr set a new career-high for the fourth straight week on vault, scoring a 9.900, her first career 9.9+ on any event. Sophomore Brittney Hardiman scored a 9.850 and freshman Jess Panza has now scored a 9.800 in both meets she competed on vault.
Next up was bars, and the Wolfpack posted a 2009 season-high with a 48.725. Seaman and Hardiman both scored a 9.800 to lead the team - and finish third at the meet - with Hardiman setting a new career-high in the process. Sophomore Brittany Vontz posted a season-high 9.775 and senior Elyse Adams had a season-high with a 9.725.
On beam, NC State against posted another season-high, this time hitting a 48.075. Barr led the squad with a 9.800, another career-high, and the second-best score on the season. Seaman and Hardiman tied for second on the team with 9.750.
The Pack finished the meet on floor, and needed better than a 48.400 to secure the meet win. Vontz posted a career-high with a 9.800 on floor to get things moving, and Barr later posted a 9.825. Seaman closed the meet needing better than a 9.700 to securely win, and she did so with a strong 9.900 to clinch the meet for the Pack. That score was good for second in the meet.
In the all-around, Seaman's score pushed her to the top all-around showing in the meet, posting a season-best 39.375, the top score by an EAGL gymnast this season. Hardiman finished third with a 39.100.
NC State will host the annual Sweetheart Invitational on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7pm in Reynold's Coliseum.