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    Jan. 25, 2003

    Chicago, Ill. - Three weeks into the season and the UIC women's gymnastics team is feeling good about where it is.

    After two competitions where the scores were good, but a win couldn't be grasped, the 19th-ranked Flames put it together on Saturday evening defeating Western Michigan, 195.2-191.575 at the UIC Physical Education Building for their first win of 2003.

    "Another 195 is very exciting and getting a win feels very good," said co-head coach Peter Jansson."

    UIC won each individual competition and the all-around on its way to a season-high score.

    Alyson Cacciatore had a huge evening for the Flames, winning the all-around competition with a score of 39.25, a career-best. En route to the all-around title, Cacciatore also won the floor competition (9.9) and the bars competition (9.9), and was second on beam with a tally of 9.825.

    "For Alyson, this was neat," said Jansson. "We knew when she came in last year that she was very talented and she's starting to come into her own."

    UIC sophomore Jackie Jaworowicz won the beam competition, scoring a 9.875.

    Flames veteran Atlin Mitchell put up a 9.9 to win the vault competition.

    UIC swept the top-four in the all-around, as Jennifer O'Neil (39.125), Atlin Mitchell (38.75) and Veronique Meunier (38.2) followed Cacciatore.

    Kelli Rush tied for fourth in the all-around with a score of 38.2 for Western Michigan.

    The Flames hit the road for the month of February, before returning home on March 2, to host the Iowa Hawkeyes.

    Up next for UIC is Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, February 1, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.