Wiest back with Illini
CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois men’s gymnastics standout Chad Wiest is back with the Illini.
Wiest, who was the 2011 Big Ten floor champion and a two-time All-American, was named the Illinois women’s gymnastics assistant coach Thursday.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to coach at Illinois,” Wiest said. “This team has a lot of potential to continue their success from the past several years, and I look forward to being an integral part of the future of Illinois gymnastics.”
Wiest spent the past two seasons as the vault and floor exercise coach at Bowling Green. He will handle the same responsibilities at Illinois for women’s coach Kim Landrus.
“I am very excited to add Chad to our coaching staff,” Landrus said. “The experience that he brings as an Illinois alum, NCAA athlete and assistant coach at Bowling Green was exactly what I was looking for during the hiring process. His driven personality and desire to achieve excellence will continue to elevate Illinois gymnastics on the national level.”
Stryganek, Golliday shine in classroom. Brandon Stryganek of the Illinois men’s track and field team and Marissa Golliday of the Illini women’s track and field team earned academic All-America honors Thursday.
Stryganek, a sophomore who majors in recreation, sport and tourism, received second-team honors after he posted a 3.49 grade-point average. He helped the Illinois 400-meter relay team earn All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after he won the Big Ten title in the indoor 60-meter dash.
Golliday, a senior who majored in advertising, was awarded third-team honors.
She accumulated a 3.49 GPA. This is her second academic All-America honor of her career.
On the track, Golliday earned first-team All-America status after she ran the first leg on the 1,600-meter relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The relay placed fifth in a school-record time of 3 minutes, 29.28 seconds.
During the indoor season, in addition to helping the 1,600-meter relay team set a school and Big Ten record, Golliday established an Illinois record in the pentathlon.
Schuldt, Lucas bow out. Two golfers connected to the Illinois program advanced to the semifinals of the Illinois State Women’s Amateur Championship at Cantigny Golf Club but could not make it to today’s final.
Current Illinois golfer Ember Schuldt of Sterling beat Elizabeth Szokol of Winnetka 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals, but she lost 3 and 1 to Lauren English of Bloomington in the semifinals.
Former Illinois golfer Nora Lucas of Chicago beat Sylvie Brick of Frankfort 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals before losing 3 and 1 to Bing Singhsumalee of Naperville in the semifinals.
Current Illini Samantha Postillion of Burr Ridge lost 1 up in the quarterfinals.