For graduation weekend, we reached out to one athlete from every University of Illinois sport for their take on the college scene. Here's what they had to say.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois women’s tennis team rolled past Michigan State 4-1 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
Next up for the fifth-seeded Illini on Friday: a fourth-seeded Purdue team that handed Michelle Dasso’s squad a 5-2 defeat last Sunday in their regular season finale.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senior Justin Parr extended his hitting streak to 24 games, but Illinois lost 7-3 to Ohio State on Sunday in Big Ten Conference baseball.
Parr’s streak is second best in school history, one game behind Ryan Snowden’s mark that he set in 2007.
The Illini led 2-0, but the Buckeyes scored six runs in the second inning.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A year ago, Fred Hartville was a high school senior. Today, the Illinois freshman vaulter is an NCAA champion.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — One year ago, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team had no equal at the NCAA Championships.
On Saturday night, the defending champion Illini saw fellow Big Ten member Michigan take their place at the summit. It was more of a distant view than Illinois would have liked, as Justin Spring’s team placed sixth in the six-team finals.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — All the Illinois men’s gymnastics team wanted was a chance.
Justin Spring’s squad got it, and now the Illini will try to defend their NCAA title tonight after qualifying for the team finals Friday.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Defending champion Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma will compete for the NCAA men’s gymnastics team title Saturday night at Penn State.
Three other qualifiers for the final round will be determined Friday night. Top-ranked Penn State, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 13 Temple were to compete in the later session.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A dominant performance by Alina Weinstein on Saturday night propelled the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to its third NCAA Championships appearance in program history.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Illinois men’s gymnastics team no longer sits atop the Big Ten.
For the first time since 2008, the Illini failed to bring home a conference championship.
Trying to win its fifth straight conference championship, Illinois instead wound up in fifth place at the seven-team event Friday night.
When Justin Spring’s gymnasts won the 2012 NCAA title, there was legitimate optimism that the Illini could continue to thrive in that thin stratosphere. They were ranked No. 1 going into this season.
But as we saw with men’s tennis (NCAA champs in 2003), men’s basketball (2005 runners-up) and volleyball (2011 runners-up), even a Perfect Storm will break up and weaken.