Former UIC gymnast Catherine Dion will return to the women's gymnastics program this season at the assistant coach position as announced by head coach Peter Jansson on Thursday. Dion graduated from UIC this past May.
UIC registered its best score of the season in its last home meet with a 195.200-191.825 victory over Illinois State. Catherine Dion, who was honored in a Senior Day presentation following the meet, won bars and floor, as redshirt-junior Kimberly Randall claimed first on vault and freshman Michelle Lozneanu took the Flames' top score on beam with a career-best 9.850.
UIC gymnasts Catherine Dion and Gabrielle May concluded competition at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at the Barnhill Arena and placed sixth and 12th, respectively, in the all-around. Dion was named the NCAA Regional Gymnast of the Year and will be an alternate for the NCAA Championships. Dion's best score of the day came on bars, where she tallied 9.725 for ninth place on her way to an all-around score of 38.800.
UIC gymnast Nicole Szabo, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, was recently featured on the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee's Road to Rio, a website that profiles athletes expected to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Szabo recently completed her freshman year with the Flames after excelling both in the gym and in the classroom.
The UIC women's gymnastics team celebrated its season and honored individual accomplishments at its annual awards banquet this past Saturday (May 10) at Carmichael's Chicago Steak House. Several accolades were handed out, including Most Valuable Gymnast, Most Improved Gymnasts and The Rock Award.
Members of the UIC women's gymnastics team were recognized this season for their success in the classroom with All-State, All-Conference and Scholastic All-American accolades at the Illinois Classic (Feb. 21) and the Midwest Independent Conference Championships (March 22). Five Flames were additionally honored at the UIC "Night of Champions" Academic Banquet for outstanding academics over the last three semesters.