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     Neil Faustino
    Neil Faustino

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Stockton, Calif.

    High School:
    Lincoln

    Height:
    5-6

    Position:
    All-Around


    2004 Highlights: Earned All-America status on vault at the NCAA Individual Finals on April 4th, posting a 9.350 on the apparatus to become only the fifth UIC gymnast in history to earn All-American honors...also became the first UIC gymnast to earn both All-American honors and Academic All-American honors during a career...paced the Flames at the first NCAA qualifying session of the national team championships, leading UIC in the all-around with a fifth-place score of 52.050, a fifth-place rings performance at 9.350, and a ninth-place score on vault with a 9.275...used a 9.625 on vault in the second individual qualifying round to move onto to the NCAA vault finals...amassed five all-around titles during the season...competed in the Southeast Asian Games in December 2003 as part of Phillipine National Team before NCAA season, taking home gold on still rings with a 9.412...opened season with a 51.450 all-around score at the Windy City Invitational, placing ninth in a packed field...turned in strong 9.3 on vault at Windy City, tying for third...placed second in all-around against Ohio State on January 24th, earning a 51.7...captured still rings and vault titles at Minnesota with a 9.35 on rings and a 9.2 on vault...won first all-around title of season at JMU Open with a 52.050...captured second straight all-around crown the next weekend at Illlinois, posting a 52.450...grabbed a third consecutive all-around win versus Temple with a career-high 54.2...won vault title March 5th at Air Force with a 9.3...took fourth all-around title in five meets two days later against Air Force and Cal, posting a 53.900...won the all-around and vault versus Army on March 17th...placed fourth in all-around with 52.6 at ECAC Championships...took third place on rings with a 9.450 in the ECAC Individual Event Finals...won the ECAC vault title with a 9.475.

    2003 Highlights: Qualified for the NCAA Regional Qualifying Championships in the all-around...posted seven all-around victories during the regular season, including a season-best tally of 53.500 at home versus Air Force on March 2nd...also topped the 53-point barrier on two other occassions - vs. Army (3/9) and vs. Minnesota/Arizona State (3/15)...earned NCAA Mideast Gymnast of the Week by Inside Gymnastics magazine on February 24th after taking the all-around crown in a duel meet with Illinois...scored a season-high 9.65 on the rings in the triangular meet with the Gophers and Sun Devils...took 14th on the rings at the NCAA Regional Qualifying Championships with a score of 9.20...totaled a season-best 9.5 on the vault versus Air Force on March 2nd, then, again, a week later versus Army on March 9th.

    2002 Highlights: Enjoyed a standout first year at UIC, earning Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) Rookie of the Year honors...advanced to the NCAA individual event preliminaries on the vault...in that competition finished 24th nationally with a score of 9.1...took home the all-around crown versus defending national champion Ohio State on Feb. 2.

    Prep/Personal: Competed for Byers Gymnastics...placed 61st overall at the 2001 junior nationals...two-time Junior Olympics Class 1 qualifier...three-time Northern California State champion on the vault...northern California state champion on the pommel horse as a senior...four-time USA gymnastics 1st team Academic All-American...two-time Class 1 Northern California All-State selection...two-time Class 2 Northern California All-State selection...placed second on the vault and parallel bars at the Region 1 championships as a senior...earned a career-high score of 50.925 in the all-around competition at the Region 1 championships...was a four-year letterwinner as a diver for Lincoln High School...born on February 21, 1983...son of Noli and Binggay Faustino...majoring in computer science.