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    March 1, 2012

    CHICAGO - The 28th-ranked UIC women's gymnastics team (7-4) contends Michigan State (6-4-1) Friday at 6:00 p.m. (CT) at the Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich. The Flames are on a three-meet winning streak, most recently dropping (then) 21st-ranked Illinois.

    "We are looking forward to continue the consistent performance we have been producing over the past couple of weeks" co-head coach Peter Jansson said. "Michigan State is a very good team, and the key for us is to do what we have been doing regardless of what other team is on the floor, and the score will take care of itself."

    The Flames enter next week's meet with balance and composure as they are now ranked No. 28 in the Nation.

    Last week, the Flames docked the (then) 18th-ranked Fighting Illini to post a triumphant score of 195.250 over Illinois' 193.975. Highlighted in this meet were Chantel Turk (Hazelcrest, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) and Kimberly Randall (Lansing, Ill./Skyline Gymnastics), who each posted 9.850 on vault. Turk also performed outstandingly on the floor exercise receiving a 9.850.

    Randall also earned the honor of being named the Midwest Independent Conference Specialist of the Week following her performance on the vault.

    Additional contributions to the team's overall success were made by Andrea Skala (Brookfield, Ill./Flying High Sports) and Catherine Dion (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada/ Nicolas-Gatineau). Skala dominated the parallel bars, earning first place with a 9.800, while Dion received a 9.800 on beam.

    On the other side of the beam, the Spartans eagerly await the chance to contest the Flames. The Spartans have posted what would be four consecutive victories is divided only by their recent tie against the Fighting Illini. But the upcoming meet should prove to be challenging for the Spartans, as UIC has already earned the first-place spot in the Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) in all four events.


     

     

    Be sure to check back to UICFlames.com for complete results and a recap of Friday's meet against Michigan State.

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