Feb. 23, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The UIC women’s gymnastics team concluded weekend competition on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and came in just behind Big Ten-host Iowa (195.125) after scoring 193.800. Senior Catherine Dion led the Flames on every event and took first on bars, floor and in the all-around.
“We are so proud of the girls this weekend,” co-head coach Peter Jansson said. “We had two strong days on beam, which made the difference from the beginning of the season, and they averaged 194.000 through the two meets.”
UIC began competition on bars and Dion came out to best all of her opponents with a first-place score of 9.850, with junior Gabrielle May tying for third with 9.800 and junior Citlali Cuevas tying for fifth with 9.775 to match her career-high.
Next on vault, Dion registered 9.775 to place second, followed by redshirt-junior Kimberly Randall and freshman Nikki Woodruff coming in a five-way tie for fourth with 9.700.
Dion then took her second title of the meet with a 9.850 on floor, as May produced the next highest score for the Flames with 9.725 to tie for sixth.
UIC collectively excelled in its final event on beam, with Dion leading the pack with 9.775 for third. Freshman Michelle Lozneanu set a personal-best with 9.750 to tie for fourth, as Cuevas scored 9.700 and May and sophomore Alexandra Vedenin both came away with 9.675, a season-best for May and a career-best for Vedenin.
In the all-around, Dion finished with a final score of 39.250 to take first, as Cuevas and May scored season-highs of 38.725 and 38.550, respectively.
The Flames will now head back to Chicago to host Ball State on Saturday at the Physical Education Building, with competition slated to begin at 5 p.m. CT.