April 11, 2014
NCAA Final Results
ANN ARBOR, Mich.- UIC gymnasts Lukasz Adamczyk, Jason Gaides, Joseph Hodges and Brett Valin brought the 2014 season to a close at the NCAA Championships held in Ann Arbor, Mich. at the Crisler Center.
“We finished up the national championships qualifying round here in session two and it was a decent day for UIC but it looks like our season is over,” stated head coach Charley Nelson.
“Joseph Hodges and Lukasz Adamczyk finished out their college careers very nicely. Lukasz was a little bit rough form wise, but he stayed on that pommel horse when most of the world would have fallen, so I was very proud with that. Joseph had a great high bar set, it just wasn’t enough.”
In all-around competition, Gaides finished with an 81.800 landing himself in sixth place. He also scored a 14.000 on floor exercise and was UIC’s best score on parallel bars with a 12.600. Gaides also received a score of 13.750 on rings.
Hodges scored best for UIC on horizontal bar with his final score of 13.750. Adamczyk’s score of 13.850 was the Flames highest score on pommel horse. Valin placed 17th on vault with his score of 14.600.
“Brett Valin had the best vault he has ever done without a doubt, but it looks like he’s going to come up just a little bit short, which is frustrating,” continued Nelson.
“With the amount of youth we have on our team, 2015 is going to be solid. Brett and Jason will be coming back for their senior year and are going to be ready to be in a solid leadership position,” finished Nelson.
While the Flames have ended their run at the NCAAs, the final day of competition concludes Saturday.