March 8, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.- The UIC men’s gymnastics team fell to Illinois on Saturday night, 427.850-401.900, at the H.E. Kenney Gym in Champaign, Ill.
"Our first-year competitors had a great night for the Flames," stated head coach Charley Nelson. "I am confident with next weekend off, and two weeks of training, we will walk into Michigan and do what we need to do to represent UIC."
"It is always hard to walk into an opposing team’s venue with 3000 of their fans screaming, but we had a really solid showing of UIC fans that made the trip down from Chicago."
Junior Jason Gaides just missed first in floor exercise with his second-place score of 14.150. Gaides also was UIC’s highest scorer on parallel bars with 13.200, finishing in sixth place. Gaides’ score of 83.000 in all-around competition was good for a first-place finish.
Senior Lukasz Adamczyk tied for second with Illinois’ Chad Mason on pommel horse with his score of 14.800.
Brett Valin’s score of 14.800 on vault was good for a third-place tie with the Fighting Illini’s Thomas Gibbs. Valin also was the Flames’ best on rings with 14.200.
Senior Joseph Hodges finished third on horizontal bar with his score of 14.150. Hodges’ score of 77.550 in all-around competition was good for second place.
With next weekend off, the Flames travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face Michigan on Saturday, March 22 at the Cliff Keen Arena. Competition is set to get underway at 6:00 p.m. (CT).