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    Successful Evening At The Windy City Invitational Opens Men's Gymnastics 2009 Campaign
     

     
    Nick Persino's runner-up finish on the vault guided the Flames at the 39th Windy City Invitational Saturday evening.
     
    Nick Persino's runner-up finish on the vault guided the Flames at the 39th Windy City Invitational Saturday evening.
     
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    Jan. 17, 2009

    Complete Results

    CHICAGO - The UIC men's gymnastic team hosted the 39th Windy City Invitational Saturday evening, kicking off the season in style with a fifth-place finish against some of the nation's toughest competition.

    Led by career-best performances by veterans Nick Persino and Alex Kadar, the Flames finished with a team score of 327.700, good for fifth place.

    Persino took second overall on the vault with a score of 15.550, followed closely behind by Kadar with a mark of 15.400, good for fifth place. Both set career bests on the apparatus, showing signs of what's to come for the rest of the season.

    Other top-10 finishes for the Flames include Neal Thompson's fifth-place on the pommel horse (13.900), Nikolai Korepanov's eighth-place showing on the high bar (13.900) and David Mohr's eighth-place finish on the pommel horse (13.800)

    Michigan outdistanced themselves from the competition, claiming the Windy City championship with 346.100, followed by Illinois (342.250), Minnesota (341.400), Ohio State (337.650), UIC and Iowa (325.900).

    The Flames will face all Windy City foes again throughout the season, starting with a road trip to Iowa next Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. UIC returns to the PEB when they host Temple on Jan. 31st at 5 p.m.