Gymnasts hit mark

Gymnasts hit mark

Illinois' men's gymnastics team beat Minnesota and its women's team compiled a school-record score Saturday night at Huff Hall.

Travis Romagnoli won the all-around, vault, parallel bars and high bar while Leo Oka won the still rings for the men, who won 225.950-215.50.

"We're getting closer to where we want to be," UI coach Yoshi Hayasaki said. "We've shown improvement."

Oka had a career-high score to finish second in the all-around.

"I've been training really hard and I feel like I'm in good physical form," Oka said. "I told myself just to do what I do in training and the results will come."

Eric Nishimoto won the vault and had a career-high score in the floor exercise for the Illini (5-8, 3-8 Big Ten).

The UI women (6-5) lost to No. 10 Minnesota 194.900-194.475 despite competing without Carissa Erickson (flu). Sophomore Pheadra Dixon set career highs in three events, winning the all-around and floor exercise and placing fourth in the vault.

"We stepped up to the challenge," UI coach Lynn Brueckman said. "The kids knew they had to hit to be close and that's what happened."

Kim Berres won the balance beam, followed by teammates Melanie Dorwart and Gina Wiechman.

In women's tennis:

UI sweeps.

The Illini won for the first time in four matches, sweeping Southern Methodist 9-0 at Atkins Tennis Center. The UI, 0-3 in the Big Ten, hosts Northwestern at 10 a.m. today.

"I am just proud of the girls and the way that they collectively played hard as a group," UI coach Sujay Lama said. "This whole season is about making steps to move forward as a team and we did that today.

"Everybody was in sync and did what they were supposed to do to win."

Simone Kung, Stacy Shapiro, Carla Rosenberg, Brooke Ferney, Megan Wise and Natalia Manasova each won singles and doubles matches. Ferney, a freshman from Caldwell, Idaho, didn't lose a game in her No. 4 singles victory.

In women's golf:

Illini 12th.

Jillian Sitter shot an 82 at the Midwest Classic in Dallas.

Christin Sutton had an 89 and Nell Macke added a 90 for the Illini, who at 356 trail leader Minnesota by 40 strokes.

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