Jan. 11, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC women’s gymnastics team was unable to come out on top of No. 17 Arizona, falling 194.750-190.000 Saturday evening in its season opener at the Physical Education Building. Senior Catherine Dion produced the best scores for the Flames in three events, including a first-place tie on uneven bars.
"I am very happy on how they presented themselves and how they went after it tonight," co-head coach Peter Jansson said. "Bars was the event where we had our normal lineup and we were only a tenth behind Arizona, so it shows that when we have our top kids out there, we can compete with some of the top teams in the country."
"On floor, vault and beam, we knew we had some people on there that didn't have the experience or skills yet to really compete, and that's where it really showed up. Hopefully some of these injuries will work their way out and I think week by week, you're going to see us grow a lot on the different events."
UIC started out on vault, where redshirt-junior Kimberly Randall scored a 9.700 to lead the Flames, followed by junior Gabrielle May with a 9.700.
The best showing from UIC came on uneven bars, where Dion tied for first with a score of 9.800 and May rounded out the top three finishers with a third-place score of 9.750. The Flames fell to the Wildcats in the event by a small margin of 48.700-48.575.
Dion continued to set season standards after producing a score of 9.775 on beam for third place, followed by junior Citlali Cuevas with a 9.600 for fifth, and collecting a tie for fourth on floor with a 9.800, with freshman Emily DeCesare posting a 9.700 in her first collegiate meet.
"I would say Catherine (Dion) had a fantastic meet," Jansson added. "She looks her best and it showed up with some great results tonight."
In the all-around, Arizona’s Jordan Williams finished with the top score of 39.225 followed close behind by Dion with a 39.050. Sophomore Giulia Hindermann (37.825) and May (37.725) also competed in all four events.
Up next for the Flames is a trip out east to University Park, Pa., where they will take on Big Ten-power No. 15 Penn State, alongside Southeast Missouri State and Cornell, at Rec Hall next Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. CT.