Feb. 14, 2014
CHICAGO - The UIC women's gymnastics team collected a 193.175-193.100 victory over conference-foe Texas Woman's on Friday night at the Physical Education Building. Senior Catherine Dion and sophomores Alexandra Vedenin and Kerensa Mitchell finished with the Flames' best scores, with Dion and Vedenin taking first-place on two events.
"We had a very strong start of the meet as vault and bars were the best of the year," co-head coach Peter Jansson said. "However, we dug ourselves in a hole with the first four beam routines, but we came back strong on floor and were excited to get another conference win."
"Catherine (Dion), as usual, was very strong, but it was nice to see Sasha (Vedenin) win vault, Kerensa (Mitchell) score 9.800 on beam, Nicole (Szabo) hit a great routine on bars and Nikki (Woodruff) hit her best vault."
The Flames picked up first- and second-place finishes right from the start on vault with Vedenin taking the top score of 9.850 for a career-high and redshirt-junior Kimberly Randall placing just behind with 9.825, contributing to UIC's best score of the season at 48.800. Freshman Nikki Woodruff additionally scored a career-high with 9.700 for fifth.
On bars, Texas Woman's took the top score, but Dion came in a close second with 9.825 followed by freshman Nicole Szabo with 9.800 to tie for third. UIC stumbled on beam but Mitchell produced a personal-best with 9.800 for third place, followed by Dion in fourth with 9.750.
Dion was then able to claim the title on floor to end the meet with a 9.825, with junior Gabrielle May scoring 9.750 for a three-way tie for third. In the all-around, Dion scored a 39.175 and junior Citlali Cuevas collected 37.625.
The Flames will travel for back-to-back meets next weekend, as they will compete at the Illinois Classic Championship in Normal, Ill., on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. CT and then head to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on Iowa at 3 p.m. on Sunday.