Illini women's gymnastics earns NCAA Regional berth

Illini women's gymnastics earns NCAA Regional berth

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women's gymnastics team is headed to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Illini were selected Monday to compete in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on April 7, joining Big Ten champions Michigan. Georgia, Missouri and Central Michigan.

"I think it is going to be really good for us because we have seen a majority of these teams already," Illinois head coach Nadalie Walsh said in a news release. "We have placed really well against these teams and I think the girls are really pumped up for the postseason."

Illinois has earned an NCAA Regional berth in each of its past 15 seasons.

The Illini are coming off a third-place finish at Saturday night's Big Ten Championships, where senior Bridget Hodan claimed the conference beam title after scoring 9.900 on beam.
Illinois will begin regional action with bars at 4 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum.

Spillane earns second straight BIg Ten weekly honors

Illinois first baseman Bren Spillane was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week, earning the honor for the second week in a row and giving Illinois its fourth straight Big Ten Player of the Week.

Spillane went 9 for 14 with three home runs over four games, just one week after going 9 and 15 with three homers.

He shares the honors with Michigan's Jonathan Engelmann, who was also named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week.

Illinois is only the second team in Big Ten history to win four Big Ten Player of the Week honors in a row.
Former Parkland College pitcher earns Big Ten honors

Hawkeyes right-hander Brady Schanuel earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing seven shutout innings of one-hit baseball and striking out a career-high 11 batters in Iowa's 5-1 win over No. 11 Indiana.

The Swansea, Ill., native played two seasons at Parkland College in 2016 and 2017 and was a two-time All-American.

He holds the school records for single-season strikeouts (131) and career strikeouts (261) and helped the Cobras to a third-place finish in the 2017 NJCAA World Series.