May 12, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC women’s gymnastics team celebrated its season and honored individual accomplishments at its annual awards banquet this past Saturday (May 10) at Carmichael’s Chicago Steak House. Several accolades were handed out, including Most Valuable Gymnast, Most Improved Gymnasts and The Rock Award.
“We had a wonderful time celebrating the 2014 season together,” co-head coach Peter Jansson said. “It was great to say a final goodbye to senior Catherine Dion after a truly storied year and career at UIC.”
Team captains, Dion and Gabrielle May, were recognized for their efforts in guiding the Flames throughout the year and additionally shared the award for Most Valuable Gymnast after maintaining top performances during the season and advancing to the NCAA Regionals as individual all-around competitors.
Kimberly Randall, Alexandra Vedenin and Giulia Hindermann were awarded as Most Improved Gymnasts after setting personal records in their respective events. Randall excelled on vault with the team’s season-high score of 9.875 and competed in the bars rotation, while Vedenin and Hindermann went from competing on one to two events last season to rotating between all events and scoring 9.700 or higher this year.
The Rock Award, only given when a gymnast is consistent meet after meet, was presented to Dion after she hit 54 of her 55 routines during her senior campaign. Dion additionally picked up the award for Most Consistent Beam for which she competed on in every meet, averaging 9.768 through 14 competitions and tallying a career-high 9.900.
Kerensa Mitchell was granted the Lizette Labuschagne Scholarship, a fund established in memory of the mother of former UIC gymnast and South African Olympian Zandre Labuschagne.
The Flames concluded their 2014 season with a fourth-place finish at the MIC Championships, with Dion earning Senior and Gymnast of the Year honors. May was placed on the All-MIC First Team and Dion positioned on the Second Team alongside Randall. Dion was additionally named NACGC/W Regional Gymnast of the Year to wrap up her career at UIC.