Faustino's Vault Victory Closes Out Exciting ECAC Championships
March 21, 2004
Chicago, Ill.- The 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference Men's Gymnastics Championships wrapped up at the UIC Physical Education Building with Individual Event Finals on Sunday, a day that saw the University of Illinois at Chicago place competitors in the top three in the final rankings of five events.
The Flames' day was highlighted by junior Neil Faustino's win on vault with a 9.475. Faustino also grabbed third on still rings with a 9.450 while earning fourth on floor, posting an 8.8.
Matt Musielak got in on the action with an 8.8 of his own on parallel bars, giving him third place in the event.
Eric Novick, fresh off his all-around win on Saturday, wrapped up his weekend by taking third on pommel horse. Novick also notched a fifth-place showing on bars, scoring an 8.5, and a ninth-place finish on high bar with an 8.250.
Andrew Krueger rounded out UIC's Top Three finishes with a third-place ranking on his specialty, the floor exercise, with a 9.050. Following Krueger and the fourth-place Faustino on floor were Jon Joyce and Tim Morrison, who shared eighth place with an 8.550.
Kyle True, who placed first in Saturday's vault action, took sixth in the finals with a 9.000.
Nick Stavros was the only other Flames in finals action on Sunday, recovering from a slip on pommel to post a strong 8.4 while taking eighth on rings with a 9.000.
UIC closed out their outstanding weekend with a special honor for their head coach as "CJ" Johnson was awarded the 2004 ECAC Coach of the Year award for his team's first-place conference showing.
The Flames, who posted a school-record 213.650 en route to their first-ever ECAC Championship and an automatic bid to NCAA postseason competition, will travel to Champaign, Ill., on April 2nd to begin the 2004 NCAA Men's National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships at the Assembly Hall. For more information, click here.
2004 ECAC Championship Awards
2004 ECAC Coach of the Year- "CJ" Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago
2004 ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year- Greg Bosch, James Madison University
2004 ECAC Senior of the Year- Jamie Northrup, College of William & mary
2004 ECAC Rookie of the Year- Brandon Whitten, Army
2004 ECAC Most Improved Gymnast- Matt Mings, Southern Connecticut State