Men's Gymnastics Wins Big At JMU Open

Matt Musielak was one of many Flames to push UIC to victory on Saturday.
Matt Musielak was one of many Flames to push UIC to victory on Saturday.

Feb. 7, 2004

Williamsburg, Va.- Neil Faustino led a punishing Flames attack that rolled through three Eastern College Athletic Conference rivals to propel the University of Illinois at Chicago men's gymnastics team to a stellar road performance at the JMU Open at Godwin Hall on Saturday night.

Using a 208.650 score, the Flames downed William and Mary (203.300), Navy (198.850), and host James Madison (186.950).

UIC was led by Faustino, who earned his first all-around crown of the campaign with a total score of 52.050. The Stockton, Calif., native tied for second on the floor (8.850) with teammate Andrew Krueger while grabbing sole possession of second on the parallel bars (8.850) en route to the all-around title.

The Flames (4-6, 3-0 ECAC) also received awesome event performances from multiple competitors, including Matt Musielak, Nick Stavros, Kenny Gesiakowski, Eric Novick and Jon Joyce.

Musielak won the floor exercise with a score of 8.9, while Stavros placed second on both the pommel horse (8.750) and the still rings (9.000).

Gesiakowski was stellar on the vault, soaring to a first-place tie in the event with a 9.150, while also putting on a show on the pommel horse with a score of 8.500, good for third on the apparatus.

Novick, who grabbed fifth in the all-around standings with a 48.500, won the pommel horse title with a solid 9.000.

Joyce rounded out the competition with another share of an event crown, tying William and Mary's Ramon Jackson for first on the horizontal bar with an 8.850.

As a team UIC took first on the floor exercise with a 35.520, earned a win in the pommel horse with a 34.650, and a victory in the vault with a 36.150. The Flames closed out with a horizontal bar win, using a tally of 33.450 to get their fourth event win.



The Flames continue their road trip with a Valentine's Day journey to Champaign, Ill., next Saturday, February 14th to take on sister school Illinois at Huff Hall at 7 p.m.