April 7, 2014
CHICAGO – UIC gymnast Catherine Dion has been named the NACGC/W South Central Regional Gymnast of the Year. Dion is just the fourth gymnast in program history to earn the award after Andrea Skala (2012), Jackie Jaworowicz (2005) and LaTrice Walker (1999), while no other gymnasts in the Midwest Independent Conference have ever received the accolade.
"It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award," Dion said. "It means a lot to be voted South Central Regional Gymnast of the Year and to know that my gymnastics is appreciated by coaches from the entire region."
"Receiving this award shows that hard work pays off and not only athletes from the biggest programs can receive such an honor,” added Dion. “It feels great to have UIC's gymnastics program recognized at this level and proves that it is full of potential."
"For Cat to accomplish this in competition with gymnasts from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas and Illinois is remarkable,” said co-head coach Peter Jansson. “It shows that a gymnast can reach this level and get this kind of appreciation at UIC.”
The Gatineau, Quebec, Canada native had a highly decorated senior season as she was named MIC Gymnast of the Week seven times and capped off her MIC career by being named Senior and Gymnast of the Year.
Throughout the season, Dion posted career-bests on every event with 9.800 on vault, 9.925 on bars, 9.900 on beam and 9.875 on floor while tabbing a score of 39.375 in the all-around on two occasions. Dion additionally led the Flames in almost every event after collecting a total of 25 first-place finishes.
After competing at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, where she scored an all-around total of 38.800 while competing on vault (9.700), bars (9.725), beam (9.675) and floor (9.700), Dion was selected as an alternate for the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on April 18-20.