Men's Gymnastics Posts Season-Best 213.550 In Win Over Arizona State And Air Force

Junior Eric Novick won the all-around on Sunday with a season-best 52.900.
Junior Eric Novick won the all-around on Sunday with a season-best 52.900.

March 20, 2005

Chicago, Ill.- The UIC men's gymnastics team is peaking at the right time.

Less than a week away from beginning their ECAC title defense, the Flames posted a season-best 213.550 to sweep their weekend series with Arizona State and Air Force on Sunday afternoon at the UIC Physical Education Building.

The Sun Devils were second with a 203.225, while Air Force came in third at a 194.950.

For the second time in three days, UIC crushed their 2005-best team score and set a new team score school record. This time the Flames bashed their season-best of 211.375 set on Friday against the same two squads while breaking their parallel bar school mark of 34.650 set at last year's Windy City Invitational, posting a 34.975 on the event Sunday.

UIC was a mere one-tenths of a point away from matching their school record for total score.

Junior Eric Novick led the way four top-four event finishes and the all-around win, turning in a 2005 personal high of 52.900. Novick was second on pommel horse with an 8.95, third on still rings with a 9.4, third on vault with a 9.15, and second on p-bars with an 8.75.

Senior Neil Faustino was his usual winning self in his final home meet. Faustino won three events, beginning with still rings and a 9.5 score. The nation's fifth-ranked vaulter, Faustino went on to win vault with a 9.3 and then took parallel bars with a new school-record mark of 9.075, breaking Matt Musielak's previous school-best of 9.0 set in 2003.

Faustino also rouned out the day third on high bar with an 8.55 and second in the all-around with a 52.525.

Andrew Krueger continued to bring his best to floor exercise in the late stages of the season. Krueger won the event with a new personal-best mark of 9.375. He was followed by Tim Morrison, who turned in a second-place score of 9.25.



Morrison also won the high bar competition with an 8.8

Junior Nick Stavros turned in amazing routines on pommel and still rings for the second straight meet. Stavros won the pommel horse event with a 9.45 and placed second on rings with a 9.475.

Keith Kerrigan placed third on parallel bars with an 8.6, while Phil Goss was stellar on pommel with an 8.85 that earned him third in the event.

UIC honored five of its seniors as Brad Burbrink, Mike Galfi, Faustino, Kerrigan and Krueger were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the program.

UIC men's gymnastics also honored Galfi with the annual Robert Gunnels Memorial Award for his leadership and hard work.

The Flames now look forward to defending their ECAC Championship starting this Friday. UIC travels to Springfield, Massachusetts to take on the rest of the conference in the annual title tilt, hosted this year by Springfield College.