Morrison's Vault Title Highlights Strong Showing For Men's Gymnastics at No. 2 Illinois|
March 12, 2005
Champaign, Ill.- Sophomore Tim Morrison's vault win highlighted a strong meet against the second-ranked squad in the country for the University of Illinois at Chicago men's gymnastics team, as the Flames hung tough with No. 2 Illinois at Huff Hall in Champaign on Saturday.
UIC posted a 209.450, the team's second-best overall mark of 2005, while Illinois took the meet win with a 221.550.
Morrison won the vault with a 9.350, a career-best tally. The first-place vault performance was the first collegiate career win for Morrison on the event. Teammate Neil Faustino finished right behind Morrison on the vault with a second-place score of 9.300.
Andrew Krueger led UIC on the floor exercise with a fourth-place 9.150.
Junior Nick Stavros continued to perform well in the late stages of the season, finishing a team-best fifth place overall on pommel horse with an 8.750 while turning in a 9.4 on rings, good for fifth in the event.
Faustino led the team on rings thanks to his 9.5 score, tying Illinois' Jon Drollinger, and finished with a team-best 8.5 on parallel bars to share fourth place. The senior captain led Illinois in the all-around with a second-place overall showing of 52.700.
Illinois was paced by U.S. National Team member Justin Spring, who won the all-around and three events.
The Flames posted team season-bests on still rings (36.900) and high bar (34.250).
UIC returns to the Physical Education Building this weekend for two home meets against Air Force and Arizona State. The Flames host the Falcons and the Sun Devils on Friday, March 18th at 7 p.m. at the PEB, then return to action on Sunday, March 20th for a rematch at 1:30 p.m.