Men's Gymnastics Posts Season-High Scores Across Board Against Minnesota|
Jan. 29, 2005
Chicago, Ill.- It's starting to come together for the UIC men's gymnastics team.
For the first time this season the Flames were able to field the maximum 36 routines, and UIC posted season-high team scores in all six events en route to a 2005-best total tally of 210.00 in a valiant effort in defeat against Minnesota on Saturday night at the UIC Physical Education Building.
Neil Faustino led the way for the Flames as the senior captain placed second in the all-around with a 53.3 score, sparked by Faustino's share of the vault crown with Minnesota's Guillermo Alvarez. Faustino also took second on the still rings with a 9.65.
The Golden Gophers took the meet thanks to a season-best showing of their own at 215.900.
Tim Morrison and Andy Krueger shared second place on the floor exercise with identical 8.8 scores, while Nick Stavros shined on his specialty events with a second-place 9.05 on pommel horse and a fourth-place 9.1 on rings.
UIC head coach "CJ" Johnson was pleased with his team's effort, particularly in the face of piling injuries.
"This was exciting, putting what we had out there," said Johnson. "They all tried with a lote of heart, alot of guts."
"I see promise," Johnson continued. "There's alot of work ahead of us, but promise. In our conference it's going to be tough. First off, we have to be healthy. Second, we have to clean up a few places [in some of the event routines]...with that in mind, we look like we can do something. But it's not going to be given to us."
Johnson knows that there is more work to be done for the defending ECAC champions, but as the first-year performers continue to get valuable meet experience, the specialists add events to the repoirtoire and the wounded heal, the veteran head coach knows there are good things in the cards. Tonight was a big step forward.
"They performed pretty well as a whole," Johnson said.
The Flames get back to action on February 12th at Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa at 2 p.m.