April 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The UIC men's gymnastics team fell just short of a second-place finish at the ECAC Championship team competition, as the Flames tallied a score of 409.350 for third Friday at the Blake Arena. Junior Joseph Hodges was able to collect first place on horizontal bar and third in the all-around competition, while senior Dan Zerbel captured first on floor.
Temple claimed the title with a score of 411.650, followed by William and Mary (410.450), as UIC was able to outlast the scores of Springfield (407.700), Army (404.500) and Navy (400.350).
"A few calls and performances did not go our way, but was I proud of the guys for coming together the way they did and for having a great competition," head coach Charley Nelson said. "The results were not exactly what we wanted, but we feel very good about what we have done. We have quite a few guys making it to the event finals tomorrow, so we are looking forward to hopefully having some ECAC champions."
Aside from top performances by Hodges and Zerbel, Lukasz Adamczyk, Trent Jarrett and Jason Gaides also produced top scores for UIC.
Hodges led all competitors on horizontal bar after recording a score of 14.800. After competing on all events, Hodges was just three-tenths of a point away from coming in a three-way tie for first, but was still able to take a third-place score of 82.550.
"Joseph Hodges got third place in all-around and was so close to taking the crown," Nelson added. "It will be out there for him in the future and he will be at the NCAA regional and qualifier to be able to assert himself there."
Zerbel finished on top of the rankings on floor with his score of 14.900, while he also came in with a team-best finish on parallel bars for third with 14.150.
Adamczyk came in just shy of first place on pommel horse after capturing a 14.400 for second. On vault, Gaides had the team's highest score with 14.400 to place him in a four-way tie for eighth.
The Flames had four competitors on rings finish in the top 15, with Jarrett leading the way with a score of 14.200 in a tie for seventh. Gaides came in a three-way tie for ninth with 14.100, as Justin Maxwell and Bryan Pusateri collected scores of 14.000 to tie for 12th.
UIC returns to the Blake Arena at 5 p.m. (CT) Saturday to compete in the individual competition.