April 4, 2013
CHICAGO - The UIC men's gymnastics team makes its way to Springfield, Mass., to compete at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Springfield College, Friday and Saturday at the Blake Arena. The team championship gets underway Friday at 6 p.m. (CT), with the individual competition scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.
In addition to Springfield, UIC looks to face off against William & Mary, Navy, Army and Temple, the 2012 champion. In the current April 1st rankings, William & Mary sits at No. 12, Temple at No. 13, Army at No. 14 and UIC at No. 15.
The Owls took the title during last season's team competition with a final score of 347.400, as the Flames produced a final tally of 332.300 for third place. While competing in the individual round, Joseph Hodges claimed first on pommel horse and second on horizontal bar, as Dan Zerbel came in a three-way tie for first on parallel bars.
Of the five other competing schools, UIC has only seen Temple during the regular season. The Flames defeated the Owls 412.550-407.650 on March 17 after taking first place in three events, as Zerbel took first on floor (15.200) and parallel bars (14.650) and Hodges brought in a 14.150 on pommel horse for first.
Through the regular season, the Flames were led with top scores from Zerbel, Lukasz Adamczyk, Trent Jarrett and Brett Valin, as Hodges holds a season-high all-around score of 84.100, set back on March 1 against Air Force.
Zerbel has the team's highest scores of the season on three events, floor, parallel bars and horizontal bar. He tabbed a 15.500 on floor and 14.700 on horizontal bar against Ohio State on March 9, while he collected a 14.650 on parallel bars versus Temple.
Adamczyk produced his team-best 14.950 on pommel horse against Air Force on March 3 and Jarrett took the top score on rings after coming in with a 15.050 against Air Force on March 1, as Valin garnered a 14.950 on vault while facing Minnesota on Feb. 24.
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