NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships 2019: Day Two

 Day two of the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships at State Farm Center in Champaign on April 20, 2019.

Back-to-back: Diab a two-time still rings national champion

CHAMPAIGN — The door was open for Alex Diab to defend his still rings national championship Saturday night at State Farm Center. Oklahoma’s Yul Moldauer, who was perhaps Diab’s stiffest competition, made just a minor mistake during his routine.

Day 2 notes: 'That gives me a lot of confidence moving forward'

CHAMPAIGN — The center of the collegiate men's gymnastics world this weekend was State Farm Center, and Illinois coach Justin Spring wasn't taking it for granted. There's inherent strength in the sport when the national championships play out with the country's best all in one arena.

Day 1 notes: 'That energy a crowd can give ... can really turn the tide'

CHAMPAIGN — Michigan won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2013 and 2014. The Wolverines followed that up with a fourth-place finish in 2015. Since? Michigan hasn't even made it to the Super Six team finals.

Paradise pushes Illini into Super Six team finals at NCAA championships

CHAMPAIGN — Daniel Ribeiro noticed a change in Michael Paradise when this season started. The Illinois junior has always had the physical skills and talent necessary to compete on pommel horse.

NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships 2019: Day One

Illinois competes in the NCAA men's gymnastics championships at State Farm Center on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Diab 'super hungry' to end Illinois career on high note

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Diab’s Illinois gymnastics career has been one for the record books.


Asmussen | Quick stop turned into great journey for Spring

CHAMPAIGN — When he first came to town in 2002, Justin Spring figured it would be a short stay.

Four years of gymnastics at Illinois. Pick up an engineering degree (more on that later). Move on to the next stage of his life.

"This was just a college," Spring said. "It was going to be an amazing college experience."

NCAA gymnastics: A how-to guide

Headed to this weekend’s NCAA Gymnastics Championships at State Farm Center? Illinois coach and former Olympian Justin Spring will prepare you by breaking down each event as his athletes demonstrate.

What to watch for at NCAA men's gymnastics championships

Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down the 12-team field for this weekend's NCAA championships at State Farm Center. 

No. 1 Oklahoma