UIC Captures First Place In Four-Team Meet

Gabrielle May captured a personal best on the vault with a 9.800.
Gabrielle May captured a personal best on the vault with a 9.800.

Feb. 24, 2013

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DENTON, Texas - With first-place finishes on the vault (48.975) and beam (48.325) the UIC women's gymnastics team captured the crown Sunday in a quadrangular meet against Midwest Independence Conference (MIC) foes Texas Women's University and Centenary, along with Air Force. The Flames posted a 193.800 team score.

"It was an exciting mini-conference preview meet," co-head coach Peter Jansson said. "We had a bit of a rough start on bars and it dug us in to a hole, but we grew throughout the meet. Our last event was the vault and it was absolutely spectacular."

Host team Texas Women's University placed second with a 193.575, while Centenary finished third (191.625) ahead of fourth-place Air Force with a 191.225. With the victory, the Flames are now 3-1 in the MIC.

Senior Chantel Turk led the Flames to the vault victory as she placed second in the event with a 9.850. Catherine Dion paced UIC on the parallel bars as she finished fourth with a 9.825. Alyssa Cruz lifted the team to a first-place finish on the beam as she scored a 9.725 in the event. Turk then posted a 9.850 on the floor to claim second place.

Cruz and May tied for third on the vault with a 9.800 score, which tied Cruz's personal best, while it was a personal record for May. The score bested her previous best of 9.700 on the event.

Gabrielle May finished second in the all-around, just .50 points behind Centenary's Robyn Price who notched a 38.850. May's 38.800 score was good for a personal best, topping her previous record of 38.575.

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