Season-Best Performances Abound In Men's Gymnastics Return Home Against Minnesota
Feb. 27, 2011
CHICAGO - The UIC men's gymnastics team put up their finest performance of the season in the Flames first home competition in over six weeks at the Physical Educational Building on Sunday afternoon.
"Today featured the best hit percentage I've ever seen -- a night and day difference after last week at Michigan," said head coach Charley Nelson. "It's nice to be home, that's for sure. Everyone stepped up and performed well today."
Despite team-best tallies in five events and the highest overall score of the season, UIC was bested by the visiting Gophers by a final team score of 345.800-339.200.
"Moving forward, I want us to do what we did today, but continue to keep getting just a little bit better."
Kyle Voissem continued to put forth standout performances week after week, taking top honors on the pommel horse in a season-best score of 14.400. The Flames would go 1-2 in the event as Voissem was followed by senior Dave Mohr, who finished with a 14.300 score.
"If not for a little hand slip on the vault, Kyle would have had a fantastic all-around score," said Nelson on the lone all-around competitor of the day. He is truly a talent who I believe is one of the top 10 in the country in the all-around who still has yet to achieve all that he is able to do."
Voissem would claim runner-up honors on the horizontal (14.100) and parallel (14.500) bars as well.
In only his second competition of the year, Neal Thompson won on the rings, tying fellow UIC teammate Voissem and Minnesota's Zack Chase with a 14.500 score.
"The guys looked comfortable. This is the team I was expecting to round into form a couple of weeks ago. I'm really excited about how we performed today and how that puts us in a good position going forward."
UIC will close out its regular-season home schedule next weekend with a pair of quad meets, starting with Stanford, Illinois and league foe Air Force on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday 1p.m. contest against Ohio State, Air Force and Temple. Sunday's meet will serve as Senior Day for the team's four seniors members: Mohr, Thompson, Matthew Phillips and Ned Kamimura.
"It's nice to have a couple of home meets, especially since we've been out on the road since mid-January," said Nelson. "Next weekend features some conference rivals who are gunning for us come ECAC's in April."