Men's Gymnastics Defeats Army In Preview Of ECAC Championships

Matt Musielak dominated on parallel bars and pommel horse on Wednesday.
Matt Musielak dominated on parallel bars and pommel horse on Wednesday.

March 17, 2004

Chicago, Ill.- The University of Illinois at Chicago men's gymnastics team gave its home crowd an exciting preview of things to come for this weekend's Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, soundly defeating ECAC rival Army 212.225-206.275 at the Physical Education Building on Wednesday evening.

The Flames (8-10) handed the Black Knights (10-4) their fourth loss of the 2004 campaign thanks to a well-rounded effort, highlighted by Neil Faustino's all-around crown and Matt Musielak's two event victories.

Faustino wrapped up his fifth all-around victory of the season with a stellar performance on vault, taking the top spot in the event with a 9.450. Faustino also placed second in three other events, including the parallel bars (8.7), still rings (9.450) and floor exercise (8.9).

Musielak was awesome on pommel horse and parallel bars, earning a pommel win with a 9.150 while snatching a bars victory with an 8.950. Musielak also chipped in with a share of third place on floor with an 8.9, tying Army's Kyle Walsh.

After getting a rest on Saturday, Andrew Krueger was back in form on florr exercise, winning the event with a 9.050. Jon Joyce closed out the meet with a win of his own, taking the high bar title with an 8.950 to give the Flames individual wins in five out of six events.

UIC swept every event as a team, surpassing season team total averages in five out of six events.

Freshman Kyle True turned in a 9.1 on vault, good for second, while Eric Novick (9.050) and Nick Stavros (9.000) finished second and third, respectively, on pommel horse.

Brian Lee of Army turned in the only win of the night for the Black Knights, scoring a 9.6 on his specialty, the still rings.



The Flames return to action this Saturday, March 20th to host Army and seven other conference powers at the 2004 ECAC Men's Gymnastics Championships at the Physical Education Building beginning at 2 p.m.