March 9, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senior Dan Zerbel posted a season-high score of 15.500 on floor and came away with second place in two events, as the UIC men's gymnastics team suffered a 439.200-409.050 loss Saturday afternoon to No. 4 Ohio State at St. John Arena. Lukasz Adamczyk also took a second-place finish for the Flames, while Jason Gaides was the only all-around competitor with a score of 81.450.
"We are right on the cusp of being great and being where we want to be," head coach Charley Nelson said. "Horizontal bar was a bit rough and parallel bars was definitely tough. On parallel bars and pommel horse, there were things that I wanted to argue, but you can't. We are moving in the right direction, this was the highest road score of the season. If we put it all together at the right time and place, we are going to be right where we want to be."
Zerbel, Adamczyk, Justin Maxwell, Brett Valin and Gaides were able to captured the best scores for UIC through their respective events.
Zerbel led all Flames after tallying a season-high score of 15.500 on floor for second place and took second again after scoring a career-high 14.700 on horizontal bar.
For the fourth time this season, Adamczyk produced the best pommel horse score for UIC after tabbing a 14.800 for second place.
On rings, Maxwell collected a third-place finish with a score of 14.800, his best score of the season, with Joseph Hodges taking the next high score of 14.100.
Valin was able to finish with fifth place after garnering a 14.550 on vault, as Zerbel took a 14.150.
While not placing in the top five, Gaides took the top team score with 13.300 on parallel bars, followed by Trent Jarrett with 13.200.
The Flames return to the Physical Education Building on Sunday, March 17, to honor their seniors in the final home meet of the season and host No. 12 Temple beginning at 1 p.m. (CT).