March 23, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Junior Lukasz Adamczyk came away with a third-place finish on pommel horse, as the UIC men's gymnastics team closed out competition with No. 3 Michigan, alongside SUNY-Brockport, at the Cliff Keen Arena Saturday evening. The Flames ultimately fell to the Wolverines, 440.750-404.000, while finishing ahead of the Golden Eagles' 306.550.
"We got a little bit of what we wanted and a little bit of what we needed," head coach Charley Nelson said. "We wanted to get a score that would move us up, or solidify us, in terms of conference standing and season average, and we did that with our 404 score. What we needed was a good road test, and walking into the Cliff Keen Arena certainly gave us that with the way that fans support Michigan. I was happy with how the guys responded, so we will look forward to that test again next week at Iowa."
As it was faced with tough competition, UIC tallied top scores from Adamczyk, Dan Zerbel, Justin Maxwell, Jason Gaides and Joseph Hodges.
"There was a great pommel horse set from Lukasz Adamczyk for third and some good work from the team all the way around, as the guys kept coming back and fighting through," Nelson added.
After Michigan's Dylan James and Matt Freeman tied for first with 14.900, Adamczyk came in just behind with 14.850 for third place.
On floor, Zerbel led the Flames with a fourth-place finish 14.600, while Bryan Pusateri and Gaides tied for fifth with a respestive personal-best and season-best score of 14.550. Zerbel also took a team best later on in the meet, collecting fifth place with a score of 13.550 on parallel bars.
While the Wolverines finished on top of UIC on rings, Maxwell was able to produce a team-best score of 14.250, followed by Gaides' score of 14.000.
Gaides was able to tie for fourth with 14.600 on vault, as Zerbel came in with the next best score for the Flames with 13.900.
On horizontal bar, Hodges also tied for fourth as he collected a 14.400, with Zerbel taking a 14.000.
Gaides finished competition with a second-place all-around score of 81.500. In addition to his scores on floor, rings and vault, Gaides scored 11.650 on pommel horse, 13.450 on parallel bars and 13.250 on horizontal bar.
The Flames head into their final meet of the regular season when they take on No. 9 Iowa at 5 p.m. (CT) Saturday, March 30, at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.