Men's Gymnastics Prepares For Minnesota
Jan. 20, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC men’s gymnastics team (1-4) is set to face Minnesota (2-3) Saturday at 7:00 p.m. inside the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.
“After the grandeur of the Windy City, we will be settling into the regular season with our first dual meet,” head coach Charley Nelson said. “We held strong with the Golden Gophers through five events at the Windy City, but we need to improve on the high bar and the vault to make a run at an upset.”
The Flames enter the contest after a fifth-place finish at the Windy City Invitational. Ohio State claimed the Windy City crown with 344.500 points, followed by Illinois-Champaign in second place (341.900) and Michigan in the third-place spot with 338.700 points. The Golden Gophers finished a spot above UIC with 338.100 points to the Flames’ 327.200. Iowa rounded out the meet in sixth place with 316.800 points.
The Golden Gophers edged the Flames in each event during the Windy City Invitational, but with a narrow margin in the vault score as Minnesota totaled 56.600 points, while UIC posted 56.400.
Dan Zerbel (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) claimed the top score between the two teams in the floor exercise as the junior posted a 15.200 to Minnesota’s highest score at 15.000 by Kyle Banks. The two teams also found even top scores in the rings (14.500) and vault at a 14.300 score.
“I expect Dan Zerbel, who was nominated for the NCAA Gymnast of the Week, to have another great day” Nelson said. “We will also be counting on strong performances from Justin Maxwell, Alex Bymaster and Joseph Hodges. Those guys, along with a step forward from our freshmen, will pace the squad.”
Be sure to check back to UICFlames.com for complete results and a recap of the dual meet against Minnesota.