Jan. 18, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The UIC women’s gymnastics team came up short in its quad meet at Rec Hall on Saturday after finishing with a total of 189.125 behind Penn State (196.025), Southeast Missouri (193.800) and Cornell (191.000). Senior Catherine Dion posted the Flames top scores in all events and collected two top-five finishes.
"The injuries are continuing to plague our depth," co-head coach Peter Jansson said. "We have some very good individual performances, but not enough to get us through a full meet. We had a good improvement on floor, as we hit seven for seven routines. However, bars, beam and vault were not up to the level that they need to be at a competition of this level."
Starting the day on bars, the Flames scored a total of 47.425. Dion led the way with a 9.825 to match her career-best score and tie for a fourth-place finish, with juniors Citlali Cuevas and Gabrielle May each scoring a 9.750 to tie for 10th.
Dion continued to guide the Flames, as she produced a team-best 9.750 on beam for fifth place, followed by sophomore Giulia Hindermann with a 9.450. On floor, Dion broke a career-high set just last week against Arizona when she scored a 9.825 for sixth place, with Cuevas and May each posting a 9.725 for eighth to contribute to a team season-high score of 48.500.
In UIC's final rotation, Dion scored a 9.650 on vault, while May collected the team's second-best score with a 9.450. Dion finished in third in the all-around with a total of 39.050, followed by Hindermann with a career-high 38.075.
The Flames will be back in action on Jan. 26, when they return home to host Lindenwood at the Physical Education Building at 2 p.m. CT.