Women's Gymnastics Posts Season-High Score In Win Over Illinois State
March 17, 2004
Chicago, Ill.- The University of Illinois at Chicago finally cracked the 196-point barrier on Wednesday, using Alyson Cacciatore's fourth all-around title of the year to easily conquer Illinois State, 196.050-192.600.
The Flames (7-13) downed the Redbirds (2-17) with a sweep of all four events en route to their new season-high team tally.
Cacciatore earned the all-around crown with a 38.975, backed by a win on floor exercise (9.875) and a tie for first on uneven bars, where she posted a season-high 9.9. The junior also placed second on vault with a 9.875.
Jennifer O'Neil also posted a season-high 9.9 to share the uneven bars title with Cacciatore. O'Neil also shared third on floor exercise with a 9.825, tying with Lisa Klein of ISU, while taking sole possession of third on vault with a 9.825.
The Jaworowicz sisters gave the Flames a one-two punch on balance beam, as Jessie tallied a career-best 9.925 to win the event. Older sister Jackie followed in a tie for second with ISU's Klein as both earned 9.9 scores on beam.
UIC posted a new season-best on balance beam, an event that gave the Flames trouble early and often in 2004, with a 49.050.
Veronique Meunier continued her fabulous season on vault, winning the event by tying her season-high of 9.900.
Freshman Rachael Zelinski continued her strong routine on floor, earning a career-best 9.850 to finish in second place.
Wednesday's win marked the Flames' third win of the season over ISU. UIC downed the Redbirds on February 20th in Normal and last Saturday at the State of Illinois Classic in Champaign.
UIC is back in action this Saturday, March 20th as the Flames travel to the Redbirds' home in Normal, Ill., for the 2004 Midwest Independent Conference Championships at Redbird Arena. The action starts at 6 p.m.