Feb. 1, 2014
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The UIC women’s gymnastics team concluded competition at the annual State of Illinois versus State of Michigan meet inside the McGuirk Arena on Saturday and collected a season-high score of 192.650 for third place. The Flames took a conference win over Illinois State, while Michigan outscored Illinois by a 391.400-384.450 final.
“After a slow start on floor, we picked up the pace and were solid,” co-head coach Peter Jansson said. “It was good to get one more conference win and we are very excited to not count a fall on beam for the first time this season.”
“There were also some very exciting things to see as Catherine (Dion) stepped up with a record all-around score, Sasha (Vedenin) had her first vault of her career for a team best, Giulia (Hindermann) and Emily (DeCesare) had personal bests on beam and our other all-arounds, Gabby (May) and Citlali (Cuevas), hit four events.”
Beginning on floor, senior Catherine Dion finished with the Flames best score with 9.750 to tie for tenth. UIC then continued onto vault, where sophomore Alexandra Vedenin, who competed on the event for the first time in her career, and Dion recorded team-best scores on vault with a 9.750 to tie for seventh, as redshirt-junior Kimberly Randall followed closely behind with a 9.725.
Dion then went on to take the Flames top score on bars with a 9.800 to tie for seventh, and on the last event of the day, tied for second with a season-high 9.850 on beam, with freshman Emily DeCesare and sophomore Giulia Hindermann scoring career bests with 9.725 and 9.700, respectively.
Dion set a career high in the all-around with a score of 39.150 to take first place, followed with personal bests this season by Citlali Cuevas with 38.500 for third and Gabrielle May with 38.450 for fourth.
The Flames are back in action next Saturday, Feb. 7, to compete in the Chicago Style Meet against Bowling Green, Boise State and North Carolina at Navy Pier in Chicago beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT.