Illini coach Yoshi Hayasaki''s men''s gymnastics squad was ranked third in the GymInfo preseason coaches'' poll that was released Wednesday.
The Illini were ranked third in last season''s preseason poll, and it''s the squad''s third consecutive year in the Top 5 to start a season.
"With all but one athlete returning from last year''s fifth-place NCAA team, we definitely feel we are deserving of a top-three ranking," Hayasaki said. "While it''s nice to get recognized by other coaches, we just have to focus on competing and staying healthy and we will have a successful year."
Illinois boasts four All-Americans: sophomore Justin Spring, seniors Scott Wetterling and Bob Rogers, and junior Peter Shostchuk.