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    Men's Gymnastics Impressive In Wins Over Arizona State And Air Force

    Junior Nick Stavros turnd in a stellar pommel horse routine to win the event on Friday night.
    Junior Nick Stavros turnd in a stellar pommel horse routine to win the event on Friday night.
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    March 19, 2005

    Chicago, Ill.- After a rollercoaster season of ups and downs for the UIC men's gymnastics team, the Flames made a huge statement on Friday night.

    They're ready.

    In the first of two home meets before they gear up to defend their ECAC Championship, UIC swept every event win and set a season-high score of 211.375 to down visiting Arizona State and Air Force at the UIC Physical Education Building.

    The Flames set season-best team scores with their total team tally, on floor exercise (35.550), on pommel (35.100) and set a new school record on still rings with a 37.225.

    Senior Neil Faustino, competing in his next-to-last home meet, led the way with a 52.975 to snare the all-around win while winning three individual events.

    UIC came out on fire in the first rotation, thanks to multiple star-studded performances on floor exercise. Floor exercise specialist Any Krueger highlighted the showing with an amazing routine that earned him a first-place 9.150. Tim Morrison tied for second with a 9.0.

    The Flames then pulled away from the pack in the second rotation, thanks to some mind-blowing pommel horse routines. Junior Nick Stavros was unstoppable, turning in a spectacular show to win the event with a season-best 9.55. Eric Novick (9.0) followed in second with an impressive pommel show, while Faustino, Andy Battad and Phil Goss were right behind in the rankings.

    Faustino then showed his stuff on the next three events, winning the still rings (9.675), vault (9.250) and parallel bars (8.6).

    Morrison then closed the show with a first-place high bar routine that earned him an 8.7

    Freshman Jeff White had his finest showing as a Flame in his home debut. White took third on vault with a career-best 9.0 while placing fourth on rings with an 8.85. White also placed fourth on floor with an 8.8 to show some great signs for the future.



    Novick (51.7) and Morrison (50.85) took second and third, respectively, in the all-around.

    Arizona State came in second with a 197.450, while Air Force was third with a 194.500.

    The Flames round out the regular season with their home finale this Sunday, taking on Air Force and Arizona State one more time beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Physical Education Building. UIC will honor five seniors as part of Senior Day festivities.