Jan. 18, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC men's gymnastics team gets set to host the 43rd Annual Windy City Invitational, the oldest and largest regular-season event in the nation, on Saturday. Competition is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. (CT) at the Physical Education Building.
“I can't wait for Saturday’s competition,” head coach Charley Nelson said. “The guys are really excited and we all have a lot of pride to host such a huge competition. There is no atmosphere better in any NCAA competition, until we get to the NCAA’s, as the crowd is large and loud. Too often, gymnastics gets the golf treatment, that’s a big part of what makes the Windy City so special.”
The Flames are expected to compete alongside gymnasts from No. 1 Illinois, No. 2 Michigan, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 10 Iowa.
During last year’s meet, Ohio State took the title with a final score of 344.500, with Illinois (341.900), Michigan (338.700), Minnesota (338.100), UIC (327.200) and Iowa (316.800) rounding out the field.
The Flames have already faced Illinois this season, with the Illini coming away with a 425.450-385.750 victory on Jan. 12.
“Consistency will be the name of the game this weekend,” Nelson added. “UIC is a little banged up at this point, but that’s gymnastics, no one is ever quite right. We had a rare pre-Windy City competition last week with Illinois and it was rough. We must be better at staying on our feet. If we can do that, we will be hanging in there until the sixth rotation. Just as importantly, we will be setting the tone for the rest of the season.”