Women's Gymnastics Prepares for Action-Packed Weekend

Senior Catherine Dion
Senior Catherine Dion

Feb. 6, 2014

CHICAGO – The UIC women’s gymnastics team gets set to compete in a pair of meets this weekend as it will take on Bowling Green, No. 18 Boise State and North Carolina at the 16th annual Chicago Style Meet, hosted by IGI, at Navy Pier on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT and then head to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to face Southeast Missouri and Alaska Anchorage at Houck Field House on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"It is always exciting to be invited to compete among the largest collection of gymnasts and coaches in the United State at the Chicago Style Meet, and it is also exciting to compete on the original campus of UIC with its historical significance," co-head coach Peter Jansson said.

"Week by week, the team has come together and we are getting healthier as a team. This weekend, we have a great opportunity to take a step forward as we get a chance to match up against SEMO, a conference rival, again after they got the best of us at Penn State. So this should be an exciting weekend as we go into the second-third of the season."

The Flames return to competition after competing in the State of Illinois versus State of Michigan meet on Feb. 1, when they came away with a third-place finish and a season-high score of 192.650. Senior Catherine Dion finished with top scores for UIC on bars (9.800), beam (9.850) and floor (9.750), and shared the team-best with Alexandra Vedenin on vault after each scored a 9.750 to tie for seventh. Dion ultimately set a career-high in the all-around with 39.150.

UIC kicks off its weekend by competing in the Chicago Style Meet, deemed as the largest women’s gymnastics invitational meet in the world. The Flames will be challenged by top programs from across the country in Bowling Green (3-2), Boise State (5-2) and North Carolina (4-2). The Falcons rank at No. 39 with a 193.381 season average, the Broncos sit in the top 25 at No. 18 with an average of 195.569 and the Tar Heels come in at No. 33 after averaging 194.031.

Into Sunday’s meet against SEMO (4-3) and Alaska Anchorage (2-2), the Flames are seeking redemption after falling to the Redhawks earlier in the season in a quad-meet at Penn State on Jan. 18. SEMO leads the MIC in the rankings at No. 42 with a 193.294 season average and has two wins over conference opponents. The Seawolves enter competition with an average of 188.656 to place at No. 62 and will meet with UIC for the first time since 1991.