Jan. 19, 2013
CHICAGO – Jason Gaides posted a pair of team-best scores on rings and horizontal bar, 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 401.600.
“From UIC’s standpoint, it was much better from last week, 15-points better, and that is exactly what I wanted to see, for us to stay on our feet,” head coach Charley Nelson said. “We are a little outmatched here, we know it is an uphill battle, but we always look to do what we do and do it very well. We still have some places where we have to pick up and get a few guys healthy, but when it comes down to the ECAC and looking to make the post season, we are moving in the right direction.”
Aside from Gaides, the Flames received top performances from Joseph Hodges, Bryan Pusateri, David Ishida and Brett Valin. Gaides came in with a 13.750 on rings and scored a 13.100 on horizontal bar, while posting a 14.450 on vault and 80.250 for all-around.
Hodges led UIC on pommel horse with a 14.400 and collected a team-best 80.450 for all-around, while Pusateri scored a 14.400 on floor. Ishida’s 14.450 on parallel bars tied for seventh place overall, as Valin’s score of 14.550 on vault put him in a four-way tie for 10th.
Michigan took the crown with a first-place score of 431.300, after taking the top score in three-of-six events.
The Flames next competition is their first of the season on the road. The team heads to Lincoln, Neb., to take on Nebraska on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Devaney Center.