Women's Gymnastics Drops To No. 19 Penn State

Erin Duggan
Erin Duggan

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Jan. 12, 2013

CHICAGO - Catherine Dionposted a 9.825 on the balance beam to pace the Flames in the event and tie for first place in the opening meet versus No. 19 Penn State Saturday inside the Physical Education Building. The Nittany Lions outlasted UIC 194.150-191.700.

"I thought our vault performance was good, one of the best I've seen over the years," head coach Peter Janssonsaid. "We had a couple of falls on bars, but I still believe we are going to be a good bar squad. The bars and beam were more difficult because they are the technical events, but I thought we finished with good tumbling on the floor exercise. We are excited to see this team become more experienced and improve through the season."

During the opening rotation senior Chantel Turk led UIC and placed third overall on the vault with a 9.800. Gabrielle May then led the Flames with a 9.775 on the bars and finished third in the event. Moving in to the second half of the competition, Dion then posted a 9.825 on beam, while Citlali Cuevasearned a 9.675 for a second-place finish.

UIC defeated the Nittany Lions on the floor exercise in a 47.700-47.650 outcome. Penn State outlasted UIC 48.900-48.475 on the vault, followed by 49.000-47.775 on the bars and 48.600-47.750 on the beam.

The Flames return to action Jan. 18 to face Washington, UC-Davis and Cal in Seattle, Wash., at 9:00 p.m. (CT).