Faustino, Novick Advance One Step Closer To NCAA Individual Event Finals|
April 8, 2005
West Point, N.Y.- University of Illinois at Chicago senior Neil Faustino and junior Eric Novick continued their journey at the 2005 NCAA National Men's Gymnastics Championships on Thursday evening, advancing as final individual qualifiers in two separate events at Army's Christl Arena at the Holleder Center.
Faustino moved one step closer to repeating as an All-American on vault by turning in a 9.350 in the event.
Novick moved on in the still rings competition, posting an impressive career-best 9.650 to earn a spot in the individual finals.
In the all-around, Faustino placed sixth in the session with an overall tally of 52.400, while Novick scored a 50.750.
Even though the six other Flames gymnasts in action didn't qualify for the finals, they gave the crowd everything they had and showed well on the national stage.
Nick Stavros was outstanding, particularly on still rings. Stavros posted a 9.45 on rings after his 8.5 performance on pommel.
Andrew Krueger shined on floor, using a solid showing to gain a 9.0 in the event.
Tim Morrison competed on three events, turning in an 8.2 on floor exercise, an 8.6 on vault and an 8.35 on high bar.
Junior Phil Goss posted a 7.8 on pommel and a 7.65 on parallel bars.
Illinois, Oklahoma and California moved on to the team finals in the nightcap, going on to face Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State for the national title.
Faustino and Novick take to the gym on Friday to qualify for Saturday's finals.