March 24, 2014
CHICAGO – UIC gymnasts Catherine Dion and Gabrielle May have been selected to compete in the individual all-around competition at the Fayetteville, Ark., Regional, as announced by the NCAA on Monday. Dion will make her second-consecutive NCAA appearance as an individual competitor, while May will make her first showing when competition gets underway on Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m. CT.
“We are very proud of Cat and Gabby,” said co-head coach Peter Jansson. “Being selected for the NCAA Regionals is a real testament to their work habits, responsibility and accountability as captains, team members and gymnasts. They will represent UIC in a first-class manner and with some fantastic gymnastics that will pave the way for the team to make its return next year.”
Dion has continuously led the Flames throughout the season with impressive scores in the all-around. The Gatineau, Quebec, Canada native set a career-high 39.375 on Feb. 9 against Southeast Missouri and Alaska Anchorage before recording the same tally on March 9 against Western Michigan. Dion has additionally posted personal bests on all events this season, with 9.800 on vault, 9.925 on bars, 9.900 on beam and 9.875 on floor.
May has competed in the all-around in 11 of UIC’s 13 meets this season. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada native scored a career-best 39.075 on March 15 against Illinois State while also producing career highs on bars (9.900) and beam (9.775). May concluded her last AA competition by collecting the Flames’ best score with 39.000 at the MIC Championships.
Utah, UCLA, host Arkansas, Arizona State, Utah State and UC Davis will be among the teams competing for a spot in the national championships, while Dion and May will face Northern Illinois’ Kim Gotlund and Southeast Missouri’s Alyssa Tucker and Taryn Vanderpool in the all-around.
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20.