March 2, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- The UIC men’s gymnastics team rounded out their weekend with back-to-back meets against Air Force Academy. The Flames fell to the Falcons Sunday, 439.700-407.650.
“What a difference 48 hours makes,” stated head coach Charley Nelson. “Quite a different beat today. I am certainly happier today than with how things went Friday, but we still have a long way to go. The guys are starting to show their competitive streak and competitive ability that we need to see coming down the home stretch.”
Jason Gaides finished fifth on floor exercise with a 14.750 final. Gaides and Brett Valin just missed first on vault when their scores of 14.750 tied them for second. Gaides placed second in all-around competition with his score of 83.600.
Lukasz Adamczyk’s score of 14.600 was good for third place on pommel horse. Trent Jarrett tied for fourth with Air Force’s Denis Aurelius on rings with their score of 14.300. Jacob Thurber was best for UIC on parallel bars with a 13.450, good for sixth place.
Joseph Hodges took sixth on high bar with a 13.850 final score. Hodges finished third in all-around competition (80.650).
The Flames face off against Illinois Saturday (March 8) at the H.E. Kenney Gym in Champaign, Ill. UIC has competed against the Fighting Illini twice this season, first in a dual-meet on Jan. 12 when the Flames fell 413.100-393.450, and at the Windy City Invitational when Illinois tied for second with 436.050 and UIC finished in sixth with 395.500.