March 22, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. - The UIC women's gymnastics team concluded competition at the MIC Championships on Saturday and came away with a fourth-place finish after producing a final tally of 193.525 at the Redbird Arena. Senior Catherine Dion picked up two accolades after she was named MIC Senior and Gymnast of the Year.
"We were disappointed that we could not repeat last week's performance," co-head coach Peter Jansson said. "We started a little flat on the beam and floor, and were not able to dig out of that hole despite great performances on vault and bars."
"We had some great performances from both Gabby (May) in the all-around and Kim (Randall) on her three events, and from our freshmen with Nikki (Woodruff) on vault and Nicole (Szabo) on bars."
Southeast Missouri took the title with 195.275, with Texas Woman's taking second (194.500) and Lindenwood finishing in third (194.250). Illinois State rounded out with fifth (192.450) and Centenary produced 191.450 for the final place.
Beginning competition on beam, sophomore Kerensa Mitchell scored 9.750 to lead the Flames and finish in the top 10, followed by junior Gabrielle May with 9.700. Next on floor, redshirt-junior Kimberly Randall and May tied with a score of 9.750.
Randall and Dion tied for fifth on vault with 9.800, as freshman Nikki Woodruff claimed a career high with 9.775. Concluding the meet on bars, the Flames put up their best score of the season with 49.050 and Dion tied for fifth with 9.875, as May came in with 9.825 and Randall and freshman Nicole Szabo tied with 9.800.
In the all-around competition, May finished in a tie for third with 39.000, followed by Dion with 38.750 and sophomore Alexandra Vedenin with 38.100.
Additionally, UIC picked up three all-conference accolades as May was named to All-MIC First Team and Dion and Randall each earned a spot on the Second Team.
The Flames will now wait for the post-season selection of qualifiers for NCAA Regionals, set to be held April 5 in Fayetteville, Ark.