Skala Chosen to Compete at NCAA Regionals

Junior Andrea Skala
Junior Andrea Skala

March 24, 2011


The NCAA recently announced its field of regional competition for women's gymnastics.  Making the cut for the Flames included junior Andrea Skala, sophomore Chantel Turk and freshman Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette.  UIC will take part in the Norman, Okla., Regional as Oklahoma will serve as host. 

Skala will compete in the all-around competition.  Her rotation will be as follows: vault, bars, beam and floor.  The Brookfield, Ill., native has been a model of consistency in the all-around this season, posting scores of 38.600 or better six times.  Her highest mark came in a dual meet win at Northern Illinois where she posted a 38.925.  

Turk and Lemieux were chosen as alternates in the vault and uneven bars, respectively.  Turk has been the Flames most reliable event-specialist this season, recording a 9.75 or higher in 10 of her 12 meets.  Her highest total of 9.875 was achieved twice this year, once at home in a win over Ball State and at the MIC Championships. 

Lemieux, the recently announced MIC Newcomer of the Year, has had a stellar rookie season for the Flames.  On the uneven bars, she has posted a 9.75 or better six times and she even posted two all-around scores of 39-plus in consecutive weeks. 

The Norman, Okla., Regional is set to begin Saturday, April 2, at 4 p.m. CT.