#19 Illinois Shows Consistency at Chicago Style Invite
Feb. 10, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill. - In a loaded field at the IGI Chicago Style Invite held at Navy Pier, No. 19 Illinois showed consistency on all four events and scored a 195.100 on Friday night. The Illini scored a 48.5 or better on all four events and finished behind No. 7 UCLA (196.850), No. 15 Boise State (196.025) and No. 18 Missouri (195.525). Junior Alina Weinstein led the Orange and Blue in the all-around with a 39.175.
"We saw some positive things at the meet and faced some pretty good competition, but need to continue working in order to beat the top teams in the country," head coach Kim Landrus said. "We started off on bars and all six competitors came through for a solid start. Kelsey led us off nicely on the event for the first time and Liz also had a good performance with a career high. We executed really well on beam and hardly had any wobbles, so I was really proud of our beam team. We finished strong on our floor but still have some things to work on with vault."
To open the meet, the Illini turned in a 48.850 on bars, paced by a 9.825 by Weinstein. Sophomore Sarah Fiedler was next at 9.800 followed by 9.750s from senior Kelsey Joannides and sophomore Elizabeth McNabb, which marked a career high, and a 9.725 from senior Hannah Welker.
During the second rotation, Weinstein's 9.800 led Illinois to a team total of 48.875 on beam. Fiedler, Joannides and sophomore Amber See each came away with a 9.775 while McNabb rounded out the scoring with a 9.75. Junior Jaclyn Kantecki made the beam lineup for the first time and posted a career-high 9.725.
After moving to floor exercise, the Illini matched their previous score by tallying a 48.875 on the event. See, who fell just short of winning the title for the fifth meet in a row, notched the highest mark by an Illini with a 9.875. Joannides finished close behind at 9.850 followed by Fiedler and Weinstein with 9.725s and freshman Kelsi Eberly with a 9.675.
The Orange and Blue wrapped up the night on vault with a 48.500. Weinstein again led the Illini with a 9.825 while junior Elise Gill was second on the squad at 9.750. Kantecki scored a 9.725 and Joannides and McNabb each had a career-high 9.600.
Up Next: Illinois will return to Huff Hall for its annual "Pink Meet" on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. against Michigan State. The Illini will sport pink leotards to promote breast cancer awareness while the Victory Plank, the rivalry trophy between the two squads, will be on the line. Two days later on Feb. 19, the Orange and Blue will compete in Tempe, Ariz., against Arizona State at 4 p.m.