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    Feb. 14, 2014

    CHICAGO- The UIC men’s gymnastics teams hits the road to Philadelphia as they prepare to take on Temple and The Air Force Academy on Saturday. Competition is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. (CT) at Pearson-McGonigle Hall.

    “This weekend is probably going to be one of the tightest competitions we have been in all season,” stated head coach Charley Nelson. “Temple, our longtime rival, has been scoring right in the same range as UIC all season, so I expect this one to be close.”

    “We are getting healthier and that only adds depth to our work through the season. The Air Force Academy will be another challenge all together. The Falcons are putting together a great 2014 season and UIC is going to do its best to keep pace.”

    UIC’s last competition came at SUNY-Brockport in a tri-meet with William & Mary, where the Flames came in second behind William & Mary with a final score of 401.350.

    Jacob Thurber and Jason Gaides were top performers of the day. Thurber took second on vault with a 14.500 and third on floor exercise, scoring 14.400.

    Gaides came in second on high bar with a final score of 13.650. The junior also took third on pommel, rings and parallel bars, scoring 14.000, 13.750 and 13.850, respectively.

    Joseph Hodges dominated all-around with a 79.750 final, as Brett Valin finished second scoring 77.350.

    This season, Temple took second at the West Point Open, fourth at the Navy Open and was defeated by Springfield on Feb. 2.

    Air Force has started their season going 0-3 and taking third at the Rocky Mountain Open.

    The Flames took last season’s match-up against Temple, 412.550-407.650. UIC fell in back-to-back meets against Air Force last year 421.850-405.550 and 420.050-411.750.