Gophers Gain Revenge Against Men's Gymnastics

Neil Faustino finished third on the floor while winning two other events on Saturday night.
Neil Faustino finished third on the floor while winning two other events on Saturday night.

Jan. 31, 2004

Minneapolis, Minn.- After beating the then-No. 8 University of Minnesota at the Windy City Invitational three weeks ago, the UIC men's gymnastics team knew that the Gophers would be out for vengeance the next time they faced each other.

That's just what the Gophers got, as Minnesota downed the Flames in a 208.825-204.250 comeback victory at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday night.

UIC (1-6) was able to take the floor exercise and the vault and actually led the meet after four rotations, but the Gophers (1-7) rallied to take the parallel bars and the horizontal bar in dominating fashion to give them their first win of the season.

The Flames received strong performances by Neil Faustino and Jon Joyce. Faustino finished third in the all-around with a score of 51.350, highlighted by wins on the still rings (9.350) and the vault (9.200), while Joyce was able to snatch a victory on the floor exercise (9.100) and take second on the high bar (8.750).

Andrew Kreuger had another outstanding floor exercise, placing second behind Joyce with a 9.025. Faustino followed at third with a 8.950.

Nick Stavros took third on the still rings with a 8.900, and Kenny Gesiakowski managed a 9.050 on vault to earn a third-place ranking in the event.

The Gophers were led by all-around winner Jacob Lee, who took the title with a 52.125, and Guillermo Alvarez, who scored a 52.050 all-around tally.

UIC held an early 69.125-68.975 lead after two rotations. The Flames held a 139.950-139.575 lead after four rotations, but UIC could not keep up with Minnesota in the end, dropping the last two events by an average margin of 2.45 points.

The Flames will be back in action next Saturday, February 7th, as they travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to face ECAC rivals James Madison University, Navy, Temple, and the College of William and Mary in a five-team battle at 5 p.m.