Redhawks Burned by 30th-ranked Flames
Feb. 12, 2006
CHICAGO, Ill. - (Saturday, February 11, 2006) The Redhawks gymnastics team couldn't pull off their second-straight win over a ranked Midwest Independent Conference opponent as they fell to 30th-ranked Illinois-Chicago, 194.200-191.725 in Chicago at the Physical Education Building Saturday evening. The loss snapped the Redhawks two-dual winning streak.
It was chilly in Chicago but the Flames were quote-on-quote "on fire" as they won three of the four events enroute to their seventh-straight dual victory over the Redhawks (3-3, 1-2 MIC).
The Flames won the vault, 48.375-48.075 as they swept the first three spots. Freshman and reigning MIC Gymnast of the week Sandra Blake (Tri-Cities, Wash./Mid-Columbia) was the Redhawks top finisher with a fourth place finish score of 9.650. Starlyn Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla./First City) finished tied for fifth with a score of 9.625.
On the bars the Redhawks efforts came up short 49.150-48.700, despite turning in their second-straight impressive bars performance. Blake again paced the Redhawks with a third place finish with a score of 9.825, the second-straight meet Blake has scored 9.825 or higher. A pair of Redhawks tied for fifth place, Allison Ezell (Kansas City, Kan./ Alpha Omega) recorded a new career-high with a score of 9.775 and freshman Maureen Grimaldi (Kansas City, Mo./Eagles) matched her for the fifth place finish. Brystol Powelski (Franklin, Wis./ Salto Gymnastics) finished sixth, tying a season-high with a score of 9.750.
For the second-straight meet the Redhawks struggled on the beam. Grimaldi was the top finisher with a score of 9.675, good enough for a third place tie.
On the floor the Redhawks recorded their first win of the meet, tying a season-high with a score of 48.550, but it was to little to late as the Flames were just as strong on the floor losing the event. Blake and Blake tied a pair of Flames for the floor title with identical scores of 9.775. Ezell's score tied a career-high. Danyelle Aber (Gurnee, Ill./ Ultimate Gymnastics) and Powelski tied for second place with scores of 9.700. For Powleski it was the second-straight meet she has set a new career-high on the floor.
Blake saw her streak of three-straight all-around titles snapped as she finished second to Veronique Miller with a score of 38.800. Powleski finished fourth with a score of 38.375.
The Redhawks return home on Friday, February 17 as they look to extend their home dual winning streak to five as they host Illinois State in Houck Field House at 7:00 p.m.