Women's Gymnastics Splits Against Iowa And Illinois State

Sophomore Veronique Meunier led the Flames with a win on the vault
Sophomore Veronique Meunier led the Flames with a win on the vault

Feb. 21, 2004

Normal, Ill.- The University of Illinois at Chicago women's gymnastics team turned in its best road performance of the season on Friday night, taking second place with a total score of 193.575 against Iowa and Illinois State at Horton Field House.

The Flames (3-9) downed the host Redbirds, who scored a 190.250, while dropping to Big Ten power Iowa. The Hawkeyes posted a 195.800 for first place.

Leading the way for the Flames was junior Alyson Cacciatore, who bounced back from a fourth-place all-around finish last week against Ball State to tie for second in the all-around with a 38.725.

UIC received numerous outstanding contributions on the vault, uneven bars, and balance beam, enabling the Flames to post season-high team scores on the vault (48.875) and the beam (48.425).

Jackie Jaworowicz led the way on the beam with a 9.850, just ahead of her sister, Jessie, who posted a 9.800.

Veronique Meunier posted a team-high 9.875 on vault, tying her season-high, to earn first place in the event. Meunier also took third on the uneven bars, scoring a team-best 9.850.

The floor exercise, a usual strong point for the Flames, turned out to be UIC's weak spot on Friday. The team posted a 47.375 on the floor, UIC's lowest floor score since the opening meet at Arkansas on January 9th.

The Flames are back in action on February 29th as they travel to Western Michigan.