Runner-up Illini gain NCAA berth
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Illinois women's gymnastics team finished second in the Tuscaloosa Regional on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Illinois scored 195.925 to edge third-place Penn State (195.850) for the final qualifying spot. Alabama won the regional at 197.275. The national meet is April 15-17 in Cleveland.
Elsewhere on Saturday
Penn State snapped the Illini baseball team's five-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory in State College, Pa. Justin Parr had two hits for Illinois. ... Dennis Nevolo and Roy Kalmanovich posted wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, but the 13th-ranked Illini men's tennis team fell to Indiana 4-3 in Bloomington, Ind. ... Chelcie Abajian's three-set victory at No. 3 singles lifted the UI women's tennis team to a 4-3 victory against Purdue at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. ... The Illini's men's golf team is sixth after two rounds of the Insperity Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga. ... Illinois' Kyle Engnell (1,500 meters), Colin Mickow (5,000) and Chris DeSilva (steeplechase) posted wins in the LSU Invitational.