Women's Gymnastics Places Second At State Of Illinois Classic|
March 13, 2004
Champaign, Ill.- The UIC women's gymnastics team fell just short in defense of its State of Illinois Classic title, posting a 194.475 to place second in the battle for the unofficial state crown at Huff Hall on Saturday afternoon.
The Flames (6-13) could not prevent the Illini from defending their home turf as Illinois (10-7) managed to hold off UIC for the second time this season with a 196.300. After the Flames' 194. 475, Northern Illinois followed with a 194.225 while Illinois State posted a fourth-place score of 193.250.
UIC was led by Veronique Meunier, who earned the only event title of the day for the Flames with a win on the vault. Meunier matched a season-high with a 9.9 in the event, scoring a 9.9 on vault for the second week in a row.
The Flames also got a solid performance from Alyson Cacciatore, who tied for second on floor exercise with a 9.9. Cacciatore accumulated an all-around score of 37.775 in a crowded field.
Tying Cacciatore on floor was teammate Jackie Jaworowicz, who made her return from injury at the Illinois Classic. Competing for the first time in two weeks, Jaworowicz managed to perform on vault, beam and floor.
Saturday's meet marked the first time this season that Jaworowicz did not compete as an all-arounder.
UIC entered today's Illinois Classic as the defending champion, having earned the 2003 title by downing Illinois, NIU and Illinois State in DeKalb with a school-record 196.800.
The Flames return home to close out the regular season, taking on Illinois State at the UIC Physical Education Building this Wednesday, March 17th at 7 p.m.