Women's Gymnastics Falls At Arkansas Quadrangular|
Jan. 10, 2004
Fayetteville, Ark.- It was a disappointing beginning to the 2004 campaign for the UIC women's gymnastics team on Friday night, as the Flames fell to Arkansas, Minnesota, and West Virginia in the season-opening Arkansas Quadrangular at a jam-packed Barnhill Arena.
Finishing fourth out of four squads with a final team score of 189.550, UIC was downed by what Flames Co-Head Coach Peter Jansson called "too many small mental mistakes that led to big [point] deductions."
The host Lady Razorbacks, who scored their first-ever home victory and the school's best team performance on Friday, won the team title with an overall score of 195.575. No. 22-ranked Minnesota was not far behind with a tally of 194.675, while West Virginia finished third at 192.775.
Although the tough teams involved in the meet played a part in the fourth-place finish, Jansson felt most of the Flames' wounds were self-inflicted as a result of first-meet butterflies and mental errors.
"It definitely was not what we were hoping for," said Jansson. "The first-meet-of-the-year jitters definitely showed up."
While the team did not finish well as a whole, some individual bright spots were well-evident. Junior Jackie Jaworowicz turned in a strong all-around performance on Friday, her first collegiate meet as an all-arounder. Jaworowicz finished third overall in the all-around, leading the Flames with a score of 38.700.
Jaworowicz also led her team on the beam (9.725) and the floor exercise (9.775).
"Jackie had an outstanding beam routine," said Jansson, who believes Jaworowicz has the tools to be a tough all-arounder for his squad in future meets.
Junior Alyson Cacciatore and sophomore Veronique Meunier, both coming off of record-breaking seasons in 2003, turned in excellent performances on the uneven bars. Cacciatore led the team with a bars score of 9.825, followed by Meunier, who scored a 9.800.
Meunier also led the Flames with a spectacular vault, earning a 9.825.
Through the disappointment of the finish, Jansson believes the minor mistakes that cost his team on Friday can be easily corrected in time for their next meet, a home clash with the University of Illinois.
"We still know that the talent's there, and obviously we have to address those [mistakes] in the coming weeks and before our home meet against Illinois," said Jansson.
The Flames will return to action on Saturday, January 17th for their home opener, a special UIC Women's Gymnastics Alumni Homecoming meet against the Fighting Illini at 7 p.m. at the UIC Physical Education Building.