Women's Gymnastics Downs Illinois State With Fourth Straight Week Of Season-Best Scoring

Junior Veronique Meunier's gutsy performance was one of the many highlights on Saturday.
Junior Veronique Meunier's gutsy performance was one of the many highlights on Saturday.

Feb. 12, 2005

Complete Results

Chicago, Ill.- Junior Veronique Meunier's gutsy performance on a severely sprained ankle highlighted an outstanding Saturday evening for the UIC women's gymnastics team, as the Flames posted a season-best 193.400 in a Midwest Independent Conference victory over Illinois State at the UIC Physcial Education Building.

Saturday's home opener marked the fourth straight week that UIC has topped their season-best total tally.

Meunier, who had not practiced since Tuesday due to her leg injury, shrugged off the rust and showed off her usual fine form on vault. The third-year standout tallied a 9.8 to win the vault title. Meunier then went on to place second on the uneven bars with a 9.725 and tie for fourth on floor exercise with a 9.675.

UIC featured a balanced attack in sweeping every event. Jackie Jaworowicz chipped in with a 9.775 on floor to take the event, helping her take the all-around crown with a 38.750. The elder Jaworowicz placed second on beam with a 9.725, just behind her sister, Jessie, who earned a 9.750.

Alyson Cacciatore continued to rebound from preseason injury with a strong all-around performance. Cacciatore posted a 38.650 to take second in the all-around, backed by a first-place performance on uneven bars with a score of 9.8.

Seniors Jennifer O'Neil and Stacey Magiera had nice outings as well, with O'Neil placing second on vault and floor with identical 9.75 scores, and Magiera taking third on uneven bars with a 9.7.

The Flames freshmen continued to do well, as Ashley Howe turned in a third-place vault of 9.7, while Jessica Panos took fourth in the same event with a 9.575.



Before the meet UIC women's gymnastics honored its alumni with special Alumni Homecoming Festivities.

The Flames continue their homestand next Saturday as they take on Rhode Island at the UIC Physical Education Building beginning at 7 p.m.