Roundup: No. 3 gymnasts roll; McHugh wins throw
CHAMPAIGN – The third-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team won all six events in rolling to a 354.900-339.400 victory against No. 9 Iowa on Saturday at Huff Hall.
Junior Tyler Mizoguchi and senior Paul Ruggeri each earned two titles in the Illini's home debut. Mizoguchi posted career highs in the all-around (89.300) and parallel bars (15.300), while Ruggeri placed first in floor exercise (15.600) and high bar (14.400).
Junior Anthony Sacramento captured his second straight rings crown with a career-best 15.300. Sophomore Yoshi Mori matched his career high in vault (15.90) while tying for first. Senior Daniel Ribeiro claimed the pommel horse with a 15.900 – 0.1 point short of his career high.
In women's gymnastics:
Allison Buckley, the reigning co-Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, won the all-around for the second meet in a row to lead No. 19 Illinois past No. 15 Iowa 194.775-193.475 at Huff Hall.
Buckley placed first in two events, scoring a season-high 9.900 in the balance beam title and posting the top score in floor exercise (9.825). The senior, who finished with an all-around score of 39.325, now has 48 career event titles as she draws closer to Nancy Theis' all-time school record of 58.
UI junior Kelsey Joannides won the vault with a season-high 9.850.
In women's track & field.
Senior Tamika Robinson won two event titles and remained undefeated for the season, leading the Illini to first place in the eight-team Illinois Intercollegiate at the UI Armory. Robinson ran a personal-best 7.48 seconds to capture the 60 meters and also won the 60 hurdles. Other multi-event winners for Illinois were Ashley Kelly (200, 400) and Kawanna Brooks (long jump, triple jump).
In men's track & field:
The Illini won 10 event titles and finished more than 100 points in front of runner-up Eastern Illinois in the seven-team Illinois Intercollegiate at the UI Armory.
UI senior Matt McHugh ended freshman teammate Davis Fraker's undefeated season in the weight throw, placing first with a personal-best mark of 66 feet, 11 1/2 inches. McHugh's throw ranks No. 2 on the all-time school list. Fraker placed second at 66-3 3/4.
In men's tennis:
Dennis Nevolo, KU Singh, Abe Souza and Roy Kalmanovich won singles matches at Illinois beat Notre Dame 4-1 on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 18-21 in Seattle.
"Tonight, we had six guys throwing it all there," UI coach Brad Dancer said. "Notre Dame is a very good team. We have to play better in doubles and we have to be more aggressive in singles. Having said that, how you finish is the important thing. We finished strong and I think a huge part of that goes to our conditioning and fitness and our guys' belief in our training systems. I'm immensely proud of them."
In women's tennis:
Junior Amy Allin earned her seventh straight singles win for No. 25 Illinois, which lost 4-3 to No. 28 South Florida in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Atlanta. The Illni (0-3) received wins from Allin at No. 4 singles, Rachael White at No. 3, and Allison Falkin at No. 6 after losing the doubles point. Illinois will face Iowa today in a consolation match.
In women's swimming & diving:
Illinois absorbed its first losses of the season as the two-day Big Ten Quad Duals concluded. The Illini (7-3) fell to No. 13 Minnesota (293-60), No. 16 Wisconsin (270-82) and No. 20 Purdue (270-83). Sophomore Erin Rodriguez finished fifth in the 400 individual medley in season-best 4:27.68 for Illinois. UI redshirt freshman Erica Lynn also was fifth in the 200 breaststroke.
In women's golf:
The Illini opened their spring season with an 8-4 victory against Illinois State in the Illinois Challenge at Venice, Fla. The format was four-ball and individual match play.
St. Thomas More graduate Katie Jean combined with ISU teammate Kaitlin Reid to defeat Raquel Hopton and Katelin Dilger two-up in four-ball. After the teams split four four-ball matches, Illinois went 6-2 in individual match play. Illini Hailey Koschmann, Samantha Sloan and Ember Schuldt each went 2-0 for the day.