Feb. 11, 2012
CHICAGO - In an evening where the UIC women's gymnastics team (5-4) honored its senior co-captains Rachel Montoya (South Chicago Heights, Ill./Olympia Gymnastics Center) and Andrea Skala (Brookfield, Ill./Flying High Sports), the squad came out on top of Seattle Pacific, 195.000-190.650, on Saturday inside the Physical Education Building.
"Reaching 195.000 is a definite benchmark in women's gymnastics, it's what separates the great teams," head coach Peter Jansson said. "We scored 195.000 once last year right at the end of the season, so this is huge at this time. Performing like this right after we got into the rankings, the girls feel like we're ready to go."
Chantel Turk (Hazelcrest, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor), Skala, Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette (St.-Hubert, Quebec/Andre-Laurendeau) and Catherine Dion (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada/ Nicolas-Gatineau) assisted in collecting first-place finishes in all four events for UIC.
On vault, Turk put up a 9.875 to achieve the top score and first place. She additionally contributed to the top score of 9.875 on the floor exercise, followed by Skala with 9.775 and Lemieux-Guillemette with 9.725.
The Flames had an outstanding performance on the uneven bars, tallying the top five scores of the event. They were led by Skala's first-place and career-best score of 9.900, while Montoya and Turk each registered a 9.800. Lemieux-Guillemette followed with 9.775 and Erin Duggan (Mokena, Ill./ Lincoln-Way East) was just behind at 9.725.
On the beam, Lemieux-Guillemette and Dion each came away with finals of 9.850 to tie for first.
Following the meet, Montoya and Skala were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the gymnastics team during their time at UIC.
"The seniors did a great job, it was really exciting," Janssen added. "They both had a couple personal bests, and what can you ask for more than that on your senior day."
The Flames return to action Saturday, Feb. 18 to take on Southeast Missouri State at 1 p.m. (CT) in Cape Girardeau, Mo.