Women's Gymnastics Tallies Big Score, But #13 Auburn Too Much For Flames

Veronique Meunier won the vault competition versus Auburn with a school record score of 9.925
Veronique Meunier won the vault competition versus Auburn with a school record score of 9.925

Jan. 19, 2003

Chicago, Ill. - It was alumni day at the University of Illinois at Chicago women's gymnastics meet on Saturday afternoon, and the Flames didn't disappoint as they rolled to a score of 195.075.

Unfortunately for the Flames, #13 Auburn was just a bit better on this day, as they edged UIC with a score of 195.775 to grab the win.

"It was a wonderful home opener for us," said co-head coach Peter Jansson. "With all of our alumni here, there was a lot of energy and it helped us."

Highlighting the day was Veronique Meunier, who broke the UIC school record on vault with a huge tally of 9.925, eclipsing the previous mark of 9.9 held by former Flames Gabriella Brunn and Amy August and current standout Atlin Mitchell.

For Meunier, that 9.925 was good enough for the win on vault, as she went on to finish second in the all-around competition with a nice early season effort of 39.225.

"That vault by Vero (Meunier) was unbelievable, and her all-around score was a highlight," added Jansson.

Fellow newcomer Jackie Jaworowicz equled the school record on floor with a score of 9.95 to tie Emily McKee for the record. That enabled the sophomore transfer to win the floor competition, as Mitchell was second with a score of 9.925.

"That was really exciting to see Jackie pull that routine off," said Jansson. "I think she is just going to continue to add confidence throughout the season."

Jennifer O'Neil enjoyed a nice afternoon for the Flames, taking third in the all-around scoring 39.225 to tie Meunier for second. O"Neil won the bars competition (9.9) and was second on beam (9.85).



Kayce Stein of Auburn was the all-around champ with a total of 39.4.

The Flames will look for their first win of the season on Saturday, January 25, as they host the Broncos of Western Michigan at 7:00 p.m. at the UIC Physical Education Building.