Weinstein's Perfect 10 Fuels Illini to Win
March 16, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. - The #17 Illinois women's gymnastics team wrapped up their regular season on a high note, as their team score of 195.700 earned the squad the State of Illinois Classic meet victory over UIC (193.350), Illinois State (194.075) and Northern Illinois (192.675). However, it was Alina Weinstein who stole the show as her season of record breaking performances continued, this time scoring a perfect 10 on vault and setting a new Illinois record in the all-around with a 39.625.
Weinstein saved her best performance for last today, with vault being the final rotation for the Illini. Her 10 is just the second in Illinois history, as Cara Pomeroy accomplished the feat first on bars back in 2004. In addition, it is the third perfect 10 on vault in all of NCAA Division-I this year and the seventh overall including all events.
Furthermore, Weinstein's 39.625 in the all-around resulted in the senior sweeping all five individual titles in the competition. The Plainsboro, N.J. native started on bars where she tied her season high of 9.900. Next, Weinstein moved to beam where she tallied a 9.800. Then, the Illinois floor record holder posted her fourth straight score above a 9.9 with a 9.925 before ending the day perfect on vault.
Weinstein now has 23 titles in 2013 and 40 in her career. Weinstein's title success today vaulted the senior into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time career title list, surpassing Denise Lamborn (38). Next up is none other than Cara Pomeroy, who sits in third place with 42 career titles.
"Alina continues to elevate her performance every weekend," said Illinois head coach Kim Landrus. "For her to break the all-around record that she set earlier this year and finish off the night with a perfect 10 was indescribable to watch. She rewrote history today and I could not be more proud of her and everything she accomplished so far."
The Illini's sixth consecutive Illinois Classic victory started with a 49.125 on the uneven bars, their second highest mark on the event this season. Senior Jaclyn Kantecki recorded her best bars score of the year with a 9.850, the same mark as sophomore Sunny Kato, as the Illini duo tied for second place. Giana O'Connor and Jordan Naleway followed with a 9.775 and 9.750, respectively.
Next, Illinois moved to beam where the team recorded a 48.450. Kato earned yet another second place finish with her 9.775. Also to note, sophomore Jordan Naleway performed her first beam routine of her collegiate career, adding a 9.550 to the team score.
Then the Orange and Blue moved to floor where they registered a 48.925. See (9.875) and O'Connor (9.800) finished in second and third place on the event while both Naleway (9.625) and Foley (9.700) contributed scores as well.
Finally, Illinois ended on vault where they accomplished the third highest score in Illini vault history with a 49.200. O'Connor and See finished in a tie for second with a 9.850 each. The score ties See's season high on vault while the mark sets a new career high for O'Connor. Furthermore, freshman Heather Foley elevated her routine this evening to set a new career high of 9.775.
The Orange and Blue will now carry their momentum from their season high three meet win streak into East Lansing, Mich., where they will compete in the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, March 23. Be sure to visit FightingIllini.com later in the week for more details on the event.