Women's Gymnastics Welcomes No. 19 Penn State
Jan. 11, 2013
CHICAGO –The UIC women’s gymnastics team lifts the lid off its 2013 season Saturday as the team plays host to No. 19 Penn State inside the Physical Education Building at 5:00 p.m. (CT).
“After a preseason where the team has worked very hard and is determined, we are ready to get out on the floor and compete,” head coach Peter Jansson said. “It has been very exciting to see all the different gymnasts ready to fill the shoes of last year’s seniors. There will be a lot of new routines on the floor, the difficulty is high in these routines, but experience is something that will come throughout the season. Penn State is expected to be competing for the top spot in the Big Ten, so we need to focus on our execution and not worry about what they do."
The Flames open competition following their annual Mixed Pairs event on Dec. 9, where they team up with the men’s team for an exhibition event. Senior Chantel Turk piloted the team on vault (9.85) and floor (9.80), while sophomore Gabrielle May earned a 9.75 mark on bars and Alyssa Cruz scored 9.80 on beam.
UIC concluded its 2012 season with a post-season NCAA Regional berth. The team traveled to Champaign, Ill., to compete inside Assembly Hall – home of the Fighting Illini – for its ninth NCAA Regional appearance. The Flames placed sixth (194.150), while co-head coaches Peter and Mary Jansson were named “Regional Coach of the Year”.
The Nittany Lions enter the meet after opening their season Jan. 5 in a tri-meet with Denver and Lindenwood, Penn State notched a second-place finish with a 193.725 total. Sharaya Musser collected the highest all-around score with a 39.300.
Be sure to check back to UICFlames.com for final results and a recap of Saturday’s season opener against the Nittany Lions.