Gymnasts top No. 2 Michigan
CHICAGO – The No. 4 Illinois men's gymnastics team won five of six events to capture the season-opening Windy City Invitational for the second straight year.
The Illini scored 355.400 points to defeat defending national champion and No. 2 Michigan (346.100), which placed second in the six-team meet.
UI seniors Paul Ruggeri and Chad Wiest each won two events. Ruggeri finished first in the all-around (88.900) and high bar (15.800), while Wiest claimed floor exercise (16.000) and vault (career-high 15.900). Illini junior C.J. Padera won parallel bars (career-best 15.200).
In women's swimming & diving:
Streak reaches 7-0. The Illini improved to 7-0 for the first time in 13 years with a 174-126 victory against over Iowa (3-3) at the ARC Pool. Illinois won 10 of 16 events in its final home meet of the season.
Illini juniors Brittany McGowan and April McKee each placed first in two events. McGowan swam a career-best time of 2:03.92 in the 200-yard butterfly and also won the 100 fly. McKee captured the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley.
In men's track & field:
Dozen dandy for Illini. Illinois won 12 event titles, including two by freshman thrower Davis Fraker, in the Illini Open at the UI Armory. Davis swept the weight throw and shot put for the second time in as many meets this season. Illini junior Andrew Riley, the NCAA's defending champion in the 110-meter hurdles, won the 60 hurdles (7.95 seconds) in his 2011 debut.
In women's track & field:
UI senior at her best. Tamika Robinson and Kristen Wilson accounted for four of the Illini's nine event titles in the Illini Open at the UI Armory. Robinson, a senior, ran a career-best 7.52 seconds in the preliminaries of the 60 meters before winning in the finals. She also took the 60 hurdles. Wilson, a freshman, swept the weight throw and shot put.
In men's tennis:
UI finishes strong. The No. 16 Illini went 3-0 in doubles and 4-2 in singles on the final day of the Illini Open at Sarasota, Fla. Johnny Hamui finished the three-day event 3-0 in singles, while Stephen Hoh and Brian Alden each went 3-0 in doubles.
In women's tennis:
Illini run table. No. 25 Illinois won all 13 of its matches on the first day of the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla. In Flight One doubles, the 15th-ranked Illini duo of Rachael White and Allison Falkin edged No. 33 Julia Fellerhoff and Mandy Brown of Louisville 8-6.