Surging Women's Gymnastics Downs Rhode Island
Feb. 19, 2005
Chicago, Ill.- Senior Jackie Jaworowicz tied her school record on floor exercise with a 9.95 to help the University of Illinois at Chicago women's gymnastics team post a 193.825 in defeating visiting Rhode Island at the UIC Physical Education Building on Saturday night.
The Flames' total team tally marked the fifth consecutive meet that UIC has turned in a season-best score, backed by a new UIC school record team mark on floor exercise with a 49.450, breaking the previous all-time school beat of 49.4.
The Rams turned in a 190.250 in the loss.
Jaworowicz capped off the Flames' best floor performances of the year with an outstanding routine that tied the school record that she shares with Emily McKee and gave her the win in the event. Teammates Rachael Zelinski and Alyson Cacciatore preceded Jaworowicz by posting consecutive 9.9 scores on excellent performances.The scores marked Zelinski's career high and Cacciatore's season-best.
UIC swept every event with a balanced showing. Veronique Meunier topped all performers with a win on vault by posting a 9.775, followed by freshmen teammates Jamie Buckley and Ashley Howe, who turned in 9.675 scores to share second.
Jennifer O'Neil's all-around title was solidified by a win on uneven bars (9.775) and a third-place tally on beam (9.6) to give the senior an overall score of 38.825.
Jessie Jaworowicz continued to show her rock-solid consistency on beam with a first-place score of 9.825, her season best. Zelinski came in second on beam with a 9.75.
UIC co-head coach Peter Jansson was impressed by his team's performance on vault and during the last two rotations, particularly O'Neil's showing. The senior had a tough time on bars last weekend and showed some nervousness during warm-ups.
"[I'm] very happy with the second half and vault," said Jansson. "At this point in the season we have to compete better on bars."
"It was great for Jen," said Jansson of O'Neil. "Probably the best performance since she's been here on all four events."
Jansson was also excited about what his freshmen showed on Saturday.
"Very encouraged by Ashley and how she stepped in on floor," Jansson said. "It was good to have Jamie back on vault."
Not only was Jansson impressed by the floor show his team put on in terms of scoring, but he was glad that his team was able to put on a dazzling display for the home fans.
"The floor performances were very entertaining," said Jansson. "Overall we managed to step up."
UIC caps off its three-meet homestand with a Saturday matinee against Western Michigan on Feb. 26th beginning at 2 p.m. at the UIC Physical Education Building.