RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State gymnastics team scored a 195.700 in the 2009 EAGL Championships to take the title, its fourth all-time team championship crown. It was the fourth championship win by Mark Stevenson and his squad, the second-most all-time in league history.
West Virginia was second and North Carolina was third.
Junior Lauren Deuser and sophomore Brittany Vontz tied for first on bars to lead the team as it closed the meet on the event with a season-high score to clinch the team title.
Senior Ashley Shepard, in her final EAGL Championship, was second on floor.
Sophomore Brittney Hardiman was third on vault.
NC State got started on beam, scoring a 48.550 as a team. Freshman Panza led the way with a 9.850, her second-highest score of the season. It was her fifth-straight meet with a score of 9.8 or higher and the sixth-time this season overall.
Freshman Brooke Barr was second on the team with a 9.750, tied for her second-highest score of the season on beam.
The Pack was third after each of the eight teams competed on one event, trailing North Carolina and West Virginia.
NC State took to the floor for its second event, scoring a 48.900. Shepard just missed a season-high in her final EAGL Championships, scoring a 9.825.
Sophomore Brittney Hardiman scored a season-high 9.8 on floor to finish second on the team.
The Wolfpack stood in third after two complete rotations, trailing the Tar Heels and the Mountaineers.
The team competed on vault in its third event, scoring a 49.075, its fourth-best score of the season. Hardiman tied her career-high with a 9.875 to lead the team.
Barr - the EAGL season leader on vault - scored a 9.850, the ninth-straight meet that she posted a 9.850 or higher on the event. Freshman Becca Teich nailed a career-high on vault, scoring a 9.850. Panza scored a 9.8 on vault, the fifth-time she hit 9.8 or higher this season.
The Wolfpack finished the championships on bars in style, scoring a season-high 49.175, tied for the 15th best bars score all-time. From the first gymnast, the Wolfpack was strong and focused, with all five counting scores being over 9.825.
Vontz and Deuser led the way with a 9.850 each to share the individual team title.
Hardiman, freshman Anna Kronenfeld and junior Taylor Seaman each finished fifth on bars with a 9.825.
NC State will host the NCAA Southeast Regionals on April 4 in Reynolds Coliseum.
NC State's EAGL First-Team All-Tournament Selections
NC State's EAGL Second-Team All-Tournament Selections
* Event Champion
Team photo and picture of seniors with the trophy courtesy of Luke and Nicole Steele of www.wolfpackgymnastics.com.