Illini Spring captures parallel bars crown

Illini Spring captures parallel bars crown

Illinois'' Justin Spring scored a 9.737 to capture the parallel bars championship Saturday at the NCAA meet in West Point, N.Y.

It was Spring''s second national title. He won the high bar last year.

Spring also placed second in the high bar with a score of 9.737.

"Parallel bars was the one event that I had a hard time finding consistency on, but I was finally able to put everything together," Spring said. "Although winning both titles was my goal, I''m glad that I won parallel bars so I could show I can excel on other events besides high bar."

Adam Pummer earned All-America status (top eight) in four events, the first Illini to do that since Travis Romagnoli captured five such honors in 1998.

Pummer tied for third on high bar, placed sixth in floor exercise and on parallel bars and finished eighth on vault.

"I''m glad I got through everything because competing on all four was pretty tiring," Pummer said.

Peter Shostchuk became the first Illini to capture All-America honors all four years. He placed eighth on pommel horse.

Freshman Tyler Yamauchi was fourth on rings. Freshman Chris Silcox just missed All-America status on vault, placing ninth.

"Those are big accomplishments," UI coach Yoshi Hayasaki said. "I''m sure everyone is still disappointed in not winning the (team) title, but we did so much, and we''ll be back next year."