Novick Retains All-Around Title As Men's Gymnastics Places Fourth At ECAC Championships

Junior Eric Novick retained his ECAC all-around title on Friday.
Junior Eric Novick retained his ECAC all-around title on Friday.

March 26, 2005

Springfield, Mass.- Despite junior Eric Novick's second consecutive conference all-around championship, the University of Illinois at Chicago men's gymnastics team fell short of their bid to repeat as Eastern College Athletic Conference Champions, as the Flames placed fourth amidst a tough field at the 2005 ECAC Men's Gymnastics Championships hosted by Springfield College on Friday night.

UIC posted a score of 209.500 to finish fourth. Army captured the ECAC/EIGL Cup with a 214.025, followed by Temple 's 210.975 and William & Mary's 210.350.

Novick succesfully defended his ECAC all-around title with a score of 52.450. Novick placed fifth on rings, sixth on pommel and seventh on parallel bars to propel him to the overall win.

The Flames did have some bright spots. UIC will feature 11 event finalists at Saturday's individual event finals, highlighted by Neil Faustino's event wins during the team competition in the vault and floor exercise. Faustino also qualified for the still rings finals as a result of finishing third in the event on Friday.

Also competing in Saturday's event finals as a result of placing in the top eight of their respective events are Novick (parallel bars, pommel horse, still rings, vault), Nick Stavros (rings, pommel), Andrew Kreuger (floor exercise) and Tim Morrison (high bar).

Stavros tied for first on pommel horse during the team meet.

UIC will resume action at the ECAC Championships on Saturday.