CHAMPAIGN — Alina Weinstein set a new school record in the all-around Saturday, and No. 21 Illinois needed every fraction of a point the senior could muster to defeat Iowa, 195.975-195.875 in Big Ten women’s gymnastics at Huff Hall.
One week after tying the program’s all-around mark, the reigning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week broke it with a score of 39.600. The previous record was 39.550.
The Plainsboro, N.J., native also set a new UI record in floor exercise with a 9.975, eclipsing the previous mark of 9.950. It was one of three event wins by Weinstein, who also captured the vault and balance beam. Teammate Sunny Kato placed first in uneven parallel bars.
In men’s gymnastics:
Iowa edges Illini. Earlier this season, No. 7 Illinois finished ahead of No. 8 Iowa in two multi-team competitions. The Illini were unable to do so again in a dual meet at Huff Hall.
The Hawkeyes edged Illinois 428.450-428.400 despite UI wins by Logan Bradley in pommel horse, Mike Wilner in still rings and Fred Hartville in vault.
Threat falls short. The Illini were held scoreless over the final five innings and dropped a 6-5 decision to Tennessee Tech at Cookeville, Tenn.
Illinois (1-1) rallied from an early 4-2 deficit, scoring three runs in the fourth. Justin Parr’s two-run single gave the Illini a 5-4 lead.
After the Golden Eagles retook the lead, Illinois threatened in the ninth, putting a runner on third with one out. Parr doubled to lead off the inning and advanced one base on a ground-out, but Golden Eagles reliever Seth Lucio escaped the jam to even the series at 1-1.
Parr went 4 for 5 with three RBI.
Gay leads Illini split. Pepper Gay pitched a four-hitter and middle infielder Allie Bauch went 2 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Illini to a 4-1 victory against DePaul at the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational.
In its second game of the day, Illinois (4-5) led No. 6 and undefeated Texas 2-0 entering the top of the sixth inning, when the Longhorns erupted for all of their runs en route to a 12-2 win.
In its big inning, Texas (9-0) had seven hits and took advantage of two Illini errors to score 11 unearned runs.