Romagnoli, Gruss feted

Romagnoli, Gruss feted

CHAMPAIGN – Former NCAA all-around champion Travis Romagnoli was recognized for the third time Saturday as the Illinois men's Most Valuable Gymnast.

Romagnoli, who won the 1998 NCAA championship, was an All-American this season in the all-around and the high bar. He and women's Most Valuable Gymnast Gena Gruss were honored at a banquet Saturday night.

Along with Gruss, a four-year starter on vault and bars, four other UI women's awards were given: Phaedra Dixon, most outstanding; Allison Berg, most improved; Dixon, most consistent beam award for completing the entire 1999-00 season without a fall; and Carmella Fernandez, scholar-athlete with a 4.0 grade-point average.

Other men's honorees: Leo Oka, most outstanding; Sean-Paul Crawford, most improved; and Eric Wills, Fighting Illini Spirit Award.

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