Men's Gymnastics Set For 42nd Annual Windy City Invitational

Justin Maxwell and the Flames are set for the 42nd Windy City Invitational.
Justin Maxwell and the Flames are set for the 42nd Windy City Invitational.

Jan. 13, 2012

CHICAGO -The UIC men's gymnastics team opens its 2012 campaign with the largest and longest-running regular season event in the nation, the Windy City Invitational, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (CT) inside the Physical Education Building in Chicago, Ill.

"There is no competition in the NCAA quite like the Windy City," head coach Charley Nelsonsaid. "It's the oldest and largest regular season gymnastics competition in the nation. The event has been going on for 42 years, which covers nearly the entire span of gymnastics, which is 47 years. The Windy City is also the kickoff of the NCAA season, and though it's early in the season, the Windy City takes on a playoff atmosphere."

In addition to the home squad, the meet consists of five Big Ten teams, Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois-Champaign.

Illinois claimed the Windy City Invitational crown with 355.400 points at the 2011 event, while Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State finished in second (346.100), third (340.700) and fourth place (339.800), respectively. Iowa placed fifth (332.800), while UIC rounded out the team scores finishing in the sixth-place spot with 332.800 total points.

"I remember my first Windy City Invitational and it is a unique event" Nelson said. "I hope the squad this year recognizes that. With the combination of veteran leadership from co-captains Dan Zerbel and David Ishida, along with seniors Alex Bymaster and Aaron Eysterand the freshmen class, I am confident this team will hold their own against the tough competition."

Admission to the Windy City Invitational is $12, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

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