Women's Gymnastics Finishes Third at Annual State of Illinois Classic

Catherine Dion
Catherine Dion

March 16, 2013

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CHICAGO - The UIC women's gymnastics team took third-place, just 0.7 behind second-place Illinois State, at the annual State of Illinois Classic at the Physical Education Building Saturday evening. Sophomore Citlali Cuevastallied a 38.975 in the all-around competition, finishing fourth individually.

"Overall, we felt very good about our performance," said head coach Peter Jansson. "Whether the scores show it or not, we were solid from the beginning of the meet to the end. Citlali really blew us away as coaches today. Here's a young lady that had nothing but high school experience coming into this year; and for her to finish in the top four of several events today is very impressive. It would have been nice for our team to finish second, but we'll build on this performance for next week."

UIC's best team performance was on the uneven parallel bars, where the Flames collected a team tally of 48.800. Cuevas took home a team-best score of 9.750, while senior Erin Duggan scored a 9.725. On the vault, UIC's first event of the meet, senior Chantel Turkposted a team-best score of 9.800, good for a fifth-place tie in the individual competition.

The Flames racked up a 47.650 team score on the beam, led by Cuevas, who posted a 9.750. Junior Catherine Dionalso scored a 9.675 on the beam. Dion posted a team-best score of 9.800 on the floor, while Cuevas scored a 9.750.

Illinois captured the team championship, collecting a final score of 195.700. Illinois State collected a 194.075, with the Flames posting a team score of 193.375. Northern Illinois finished fourth overall, securing a team tally of 192.675.

UIC will wrap up its regular season next Saturday (March 23), when the Flames travel to Centenary, La., to take part in the annual MIC Championship. Competition is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. CST.

"Today's meet was the perfect format to prepare us for the MIC Championship," Jansson added. "There was a lot of pressure out there today, and lots of things going on around you. Our team had to stay focused, and they'll have to do the same thing next week, when six teams are vying for a conference title."