Women's Gymnastics Gets Set for Illinois versus Michigan Meet

Freshman Nicole Szabo is coming off of her best meet of the season.
Freshman Nicole Szabo is coming off of her best meet of the season.

Jan. 31, 2014

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The UIC women’s gymnastics team will travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to compete in the fourth-annual State of Illinois versus State of Michigan quad meet on Saturday. Alongside Illinois State, the Flames will go up against host No. 23 Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan beginning at 1 p.m. CT inside McGuirk Arena.

The Flames are coming off a 192.225-189.700 win over Lindenwood on Jan. 26. UIC won bars (48.950), beam (46.350) and floor (48.750) and tallied nine top-three finishes, including first-place performances from senior Catherine Dion, junior Gabrielle May and freshman Nicole Szabo.

Dion and Szabo were named MIC Gymnast and Specialist of the Week, respectively, for their performances against the Lions. Dion matched her career high score of 39.075 in the all-around, as Szabo posted her best scores and finishes of the season on bars (9.825) and floor (9.750).

In the three seasons in which the annual meet has taken place, the state of Michigan has come out on top twice, with Central Michigan placing first in 2011 and 2013. Illinois won in 2012, when UIC and Illinois State came in first and second place, respectively.

MIC-opponent Illinois State will be on the Flames side on Saturday, as they will fight to take the title. The Redbirds are entering competition after a loss to Lindenwood on Jan. 24, following their first win of the season on Jan. 18 against Penn.

Central Michigan heads into competition as the No. 23 ranked team in the country following a 195.800-192.350 win over Ball State on Jan. 26. The Chippewas have won all four of their meets this season and Saturday’s meet will serve as their fifth-straight at home.

Eastern Michigan is back in action after falling to Bowling Green on Jan. 25. Saturday’s quad meet will be the second of its kind for the Eagles this season, as they competed against No. 16 Rutgers, No. 23 Kent State and George Washington on Jan. 17 and came away with a final score of 192.750.