Women's Gymnastics Takes Four Event Titles In Loss To Northern Illinois

Sarah Murray won her first event title of the year with a 9.800 on the floor exercise.
Sarah Murray won her first event title of the year with a 9.800 on the floor exercise.

Feb. 27, 2008

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Chicago, Ill. - For the first time this season, the UIC women's gymnastics team captured all four event titles in their dual meet against Northern Illinois at the UIC Physical Education Building on Wednesday night.

The Flames fell narrowly to the Huskies 193.675-192.500.

UIC was paced by DeAvera Todd, Ashley Thurston, Zandre Labuschagne, and Sarah Murray all winning individual titles.

In the first rotation, Todd was impressive as she took first place honors on the vault with a season-best score of 9.800. Todd's high score helped notch her first crown of the year.

Matching Todd's score of 9.800 included Murray's floor exercise performance, which earned the top spot of the night. Murray also won her first individual title of the year.

In the second rotation, Thurston earned her best performance of the season scoring a 9.825 on the uneven bars.

Capping off the individual titles for the Flames was Labuschagne's season-high 9.850 on the balance beam. Labuschagne posted UIC's strongest performance of the night.

Emily Fiorilli also shined for the Flames earning season-best scores on the balance beam (9.800) and the floor exercise (9.775).

Northern Illinois' only win of the night came in the all-around competition with Holly Reichard taking home the title with a combined score of 38.975.

UIC will be back in action on Sunday, March 2 as they get a rematch with Northern Illinois in a triangular meet with Central Michigan. The meet will take place in DeKalb, Ill. beginning at 2 p.m.