Women's Gymnastics Regains State Bragging Rights, Wins 2005 Illinois Classic|
March 19, 2005
Chicago, Ill.- In 2004 the University of Illinois at Chicago women's gymnastics team was disappointed that it couldn't retain its State of Illinois Classic title.
With the 2005 edition of the Illinois Classic on their home floor, they weren't going to let state bragging rights leave their hands a second year in a row.
Backed by an outstanding team effort and high-octane performances that rocked the UIC Physical Education Building, the Flames regained the Illinois Classic Championship with a season-best 195.250.
Illinois, the 2004 state champion, followed in second with a 194.000, while Northern Illinois (192.750) and Illinois State (191.250) rounded out the rankings.
UIC was led by a bevy of stars during the afternoon, taking an early lead thanks to a great vault showing and never letting up.
Junior Veronique Meunier kicked off the good vibes with a first-place showing on vault, tying Illinois' Danye Botterman with a 9.850.
Senior Stacey Magiera had a career performance on vault, making her way up in the rankings with a personal-best 9.8 to place third.
Alyson Cacciatore was outstanding in her final home meet. The senior set a season-best on uneven bars with a 9.925, tying 2004 NCAA bars qualifier Cara Pomeroy for the win.
Sophomore Rachael Zelinski continued to make 2005 the best of her young career with a magnificent balance beam routine. The second-year star posted a 9.875, a personal-best score, to win the event.
Jackie Jaworowicz wrapped up her final regular season meet in outstanding fashion, placing second on floor with a 9.825 and third on beam with a 9.775 en route to a second-place ranking in the all-around listing. Jaworowicz earned a 39.000 as an all-arounder.
Jennifer O'Neil also had a great showing in her final home meet, placing third in the all-around with a 38.925.
Freshman Ashley Howe played a big role for the Flames, placing third on floor with a 9.8 while vaulting her way to a critical early 9.750 score.
Northern Illinois' Ashlee Williams won the all-around with a 39.025 and the floor exercise with a 9.850.
UIC will now get ready to defend their Midwest Independent Conference Championship this Friday in Denton, Texas at 7 p.m.