March 3, 2013
CHICAGO - Dan Zerbel and Lukasz Adamczyk pulled away with first-place finishes, while the UIC men's gymnastics team produced a season-high score in its 420.050-411.750 loss to No. 11 Air Force Sunday at the Physical Education Building. The Flames won on pommel horse with a score of 68.550 after finishing first, second and third.
"What a difference 48 hours makes," head coach Charley Nelson said. "Friday began the intense five up, five count format. We gave up a lot on Friday on pommel horse alone, but we had no major breaks today. The guys were much closer to our 85-90 hit percentage goal and it showed in the scoring."
In the first rotation on floor, Zerbel came out to lead all competitors with a score of 14.650, as Jason Gaides followed at fourth with 14.350.
UIC broke out on pommel horse, placing first through third to ultimately win the event by a score of 68.550-68.250. Adamczyk took first with a score of 14.950, Gaides came in second with 14.050 and Joseph Hodges rounded out at third with 13.950.
On rings, Justin Maxwell produced the highest score for the Flames, taking a score of 14.050, with Trent Jarrett close behind with 14.000.
Brett Valin posted a team-high score of 14.850 on vault for second, with Gaides capturing fourth with 14.600.
Zerbel led on the final two events, parallel bars and horizontal bar. On p-bars, Zerbel came away with a score of 13.800 for third place and Gaides took fourth with 13.600. On high bar, Zerbel placed second after setting a score of 14.400, as Hodges came in fourth with 14.200.
For the all-around, Gaides combined for a score of 82.800, while Hodges collected a score of 82.200.
"Now that we got the jitters out from the first five-and-five weekend, we can look forward to hitting the road at Ohio State," Nelson added. "We will be looking to clean up some bobbles and landings, too. Those extra steps are only .1 at a time, but we had enough to gain five or 10 points in the team score and you can see how that will change the final results."
Competition against No. 4 Ohio State is next on the schedule for the Flames. UIC is set to go up against the Buckeyes on Saturday at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio, beginning at 3 p.m. (CT).