Jan. 16, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC men's gymnastics team gets set to host the 44th Annual Windy City Invitational, the oldest and largest regular-season gymnastics event in the nation, on Saturday. Competition is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. (CT) at the Physical Education Building.
“There's really nothing like the Windy City Invitational,” head coach Charley Nelson stated. “It's a sell-out crowd and the atmosphere is electric. Every team's fans are loud and supportive. For UIC it's especially exciting to host the NCAA's oldest and largest regular season competition.”
The Flames are expected to compete alongside gymnasts from No. 1 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State No. 5 Illinois, No. 8 Iowa and No. 9 Minnesota.
During last year’s meet, Michigan took the title with a final score of 431.300, with Illinois (427.750), Ohio State (338.700), Minnesota (425.750), Iowa (422.350) and UIC (401.600) rounding out the field.
The Flames opened their season against the Illini on Jan. 12, but fell short in a 413.100-393.450 final. UIC’s final score was a full eight points higher than their first competition on January 12, 2013.
“We competed six freshmen on Sunday and they reacted really well to the pressures of NCAA competition. I expect them to do well at the Windy City, too,” Nelson added. “I'm also looking forward to seeing how some of our individuals stack up against this level of competition, as I am certain that the 2014 NCAA Team Champion will be on the floor. Joseph Hodges and Jason Gaides are among the NCAA's top all-around competitors. Lukasz Adamczyk and Brett Valin are potential All-Americans on the pommel horse and vault, respectively.”