State Gymnastics Finishes First at Beauty & the Beast
Jan. 24, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State gymnastics team finished first overall with a team score of 194.050, as State hosted the first Beauty & the Beast meet in school history Friday night inside Reynolds Coliseum with Wolfpack gymnastics and wrestling competing side-by-side.
"I really enjoyed the Beauty & the Beast concept," said head coach Mark Stevenson. "I thought it was a lot of fun. We had a really good crowd and they were loud and obnoxious, which is what you want. We got to try a few kids out over the past week or so that haven't competed yet. They did events they haven't done before, which I think was good for us in the long run."
Texas Woman's finished second overall with a team score of 192.500, while William & Mary finished third in the team standings with a 191.300.
The Pack opened the meet on vault, where it finished with a team score of 48.875. Senior Diahanna Ham led the way with a score of 9.825 to finish the event in first place, while sophomore Brittni Watkins and junior Naomi DeVries finished second with a 9.800. Freshman Courtney Bisbe also posted a career-best score of 9.750. In addition, seniors Hannah Fallanca and Ellen Marion each tallied a score of 9.700, as the Pack posted six scores of 9.700 or better for the second consecutive meet.
State next moved to the uneven parallel bars, where Bisbe led off the event with a score of 9.725. Senior Kristen Harabedian also scored a 9.725 and the Wolfpack finished with a team total of 47.550 on the event.
At the midway point, State was in first-place overall with a score of 96.425.
On the balance beam, Watkins led the Pack with a score 9.850 to finish in first place, while Fallanca and Lane Jarred each posted a score of 9.825 on their routine to tie for second place on the podium. Ham finished with a 9.750, while Bisbe posted a score of 9.700 to round out the top scores for State. Overall, the team scored a 48.950 on the apparatus.
NC State concluded the evening on floor, where Watkins posted a 9.775 to pace the squad and finish first overall. Jarred also performed a routine that scored a 9.750 and placed the Lawrenceville, N.J., native second on the podium. Fallanca and sophomore Aubrey Hine each finished with a 9.725, while Harabedian posted a 9.700. The group completed the event with a team score of 48.675.
In the all-around competition, Watkins finished second with a score of 38.875.
"I really like the Beauty & the Beast concept," Watkins said. "It opens up the floor and we get more spectators. It's easier to put on a show when a lot more people are watching."
Up next, the Wolfpack will travel to Morgantown, W.Va., for a dual meet against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The competition is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.