March 29, 2013
CHICAGO – The No. 15 UIC men’s gymnastics team heads into its last regular-season meet of the season when it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete against No. 10 Iowa at 5 p.m. (CT) Saturday at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Flames are coming off of a 440.750-404.000 road loss to No. 3 Michigan on Saturday, March 23, at the Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Lukasz Adamczyk, Dan Zerbel, Justin Maxwell, Jason Gaides and Joseph Hodges were able to produce bests for UIC through their respective events.
Adamczyk captured the best finish for UIC with third place (14.850) on pommel horse, and is now No. 12 nationally with a 14.850 average. Zerbel tallied two team bests as he collected fourth (14.600) on floor and fifth (13.550) on parallel bars.
Maxwell came in on rings to score 14.250, as Gaides tied for fourth (14.600) on vault and Hodges tied for fourth (14.400) on horizontal bar. Gaides also took second place in the all-around competition with 81.500 and holds a No. 15 ranking.
UIC last competed with Iowa on Jan. 19 at the Windy City Invitational, where the Hawkeyes finished one spot ahead of the Flames for fifth place and a score of 422.350.
Iowa holds a No. 10 team ranking with an average score of 423.325, while ranking No. 10 on floor, No. 13 on pommel horse, No. 5 on rings, No. 10 on vault and No. 8 on parallel bars and horizontal bar.
The Hawkeyes also have a collection of gymnasts individually ranked, with Matt Loochtan at No. 16 on floor, Anton Gryshayev at No. 13 on rings, Javier Balboa at No. 7 on parallel bars, Mitchell Landau at No. 6 on horizontal bar and Balboa leading the team at No. 4 in the all-around.