Gymnasts Begin Competition at NCAAs

Sophomore Lukasz Adamczyk
Sophomore Lukasz Adamczyk

April 19, 2012

CHICAGO – The 2012 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship begins Thursday at 1:00 p.m. inside Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., as nine members of the UIC team compete individually in the event.

The first day of competition has two sessions; a 1:00 p.m. (CT) and 7:00 p.m. (CT). Each session features the six of the 12 qualifying teams, six (of 12) all-arounders and six of 12 event specialists.

Friday serves as the team championship and all-around championship day, featuring the top-six teams and top-six all-arounders that made it from Thursday's results. Also among competitors Friday are the top-six event specialists from Thursday that were not members of a qualifying team or an all-arounder.

Saturday's competitors are the top-10 finishers from Friday.

There are nine student-athletes set to compete in the event. The floor exercise will feature Dan Zerbel and Jason Gaides. Zerbel and Dan Hutton will compete on the parallel bars, while Dan Ishida and Justin Maxwell will be on the rings. Zerbel's final qualifying event is the high bar, along with Maxwell. Brett Valin and Aaron Eyster and Maxwell will be on the vault. Joseph Hodges will compete as an all-arounder, while Lukasz Adamczyk, will be featured on the pommel horse as the top individual qualifier as he ranks fourth in the nation.

The ECAC 2012 Event Finals that were held on April 7, at Temple University, are a measure as to how well the gymnasts may perform in the upcoming individual NCAA competition. On the parallel bars, Zerbel tied for first with two other contestants, all sharing a high score of 14.700. On the rings, competition was tight as Ishida came in fifth place with a 13.650, and the first-place score was just out of arm’s reach at 14.500. Also on the rings, Maxwell was just behind Ishida, earning within 1.400 points of first.



Hodges earned second place on the high bar and tied for first on the pommel horse, just missing first by 0.250 points on the high bar. Also on the pommel horse was Adamczyk, who earned a 13.300 to Hodge’s 14.100. On vault, Eyster performed above most to place fourth with a score of 14.300, hardly within a point of first place. Additionally, Eyster scored a 14.200 on the floor exercise, tying for sixth.