Men's Gymnastics Falls At Iowa

Senior Mike Galfi led the Flames on vault and p-bars at Iowa on Saturday.
Senior Mike Galfi led the Flames on vault and p-bars at Iowa on Saturday.

Feb. 12, 2005

Iowa City, Iowa- Eric Novick and Mike Galfi turned in strong top three individual finishes on the road against a tough Big Ten opponent, as the Flames were downed by Iowa in Iowa City on Saturday.

UIC posted a 196.650, while Iowa turned in a 213.475.

The Flames knew it was going to be tough after a week in which they toughened their difficulty level on routines all over the lineup. UIC head coach "CJ" Johnson described the team's expected performance going into Saturday's meet as an "experimental" showing, and the Flames showed that they were up to the task in executing at more challenging levels.

Novick led the way on still rings with a 9.0, taking third overall. Novick also placed fifth on pommel horse with a 7.750.

Galfi placed third on vault, turning a a nice 9.050 to edge out teammate Andrew Krueger for a top three finish. Krueger took fourth with a 9.0. Galfi also led the way on parallel bars with a fourth-place 8.5 tally.

Nick Stavros led the way on pommel with an 8.850 to take fourth place.

Tim Morrison led the Flames on both floor exercise and high bar, with Morrison taking fourth on the bar with an 8.55 and landing in sixth on floor with an 8.8.

Freshman Jeff White shook off first-meet jitters in his collegiate debut, turning in a sixth-place performance on vault with an 8.95.

UIC continues a three-meet road swing when they head into the first ECAC meet of the year to take on Navy and Springfield College in Annapolis, Maryland on February 26th at 1 p.m.