Jan. 18, 2014
CHICAGO – Jacob Thurber posted a pair of team-best scores on floor and vault, as the UIC men’s gymnastics team wrapped up competition Saturday night at the Windy City Invitational inside the Physical Education Building. The Flames placed sixth after combining for a team score of 395.500.
“I think it went well,” stated head coach Charley Nelson. “After last week, we were better in some places, worse in others. We once again had a sell-out crowd and electric atmosphere for the Windy City Invitational. I can’t ask for a whole lot more from the meet. I’d like to see our score go up a little bit, but three points better than last week is good. We need to be better if we are going to hang out in our conference. I think we are going to be able to do that. We will be a little healthier next week but it will be a test going on the road in Minnesota.”
Aside from Thurber, the Flames received top performances from Lukasz Adamczyk, Jason Gaides, Joseph Hodges and Trent Jarrett. Adamczyk came in with a 14.100 on pommel horse.
Gaides led UIC on rings with a 14.150, while Hodges scored a 14.150 on horizontal bar and collected a team-best 79.100 for all-around. Jarrett scored a 13.700 on parallel bars.
Thurber came in with a 13.450 on floor and scored a 14.500 on vault, while posting a 12.900 on parallel bars.
Michigan took the crown with a first-place score of 437.500, after placing in the top three in three-of-six events.
The Flames next competition is their first of the season on the road. The team heads to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Sports Pavilion.