Why a B: No repeat trip to NCAA tournament, but a solid Big Ten showing.
High point: Beating Indiana 2-1 April 26 at home to end Hoosiers’ 10-game conference winning streak.
Low point: Losing twice to Michigan State in three-day span at the Big Ten tournament, costing them an NCAA berth.
Big Ten finish: Third
CHAMPAIGN — Men’s gymnast Chandler Eggleston, a two-time All-American and Big Ten floor exercise champion, and women’s track and field standout Kandie Bloch-Jones, the Big Ten indoor high jump champion, were named Newcomers of the Year on Tuesday by the University of Illinois’ Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois baseball team isn’t in a tie for second anymore in the Big Ten.
The Illini are now in sole possession of third place after falling 2-1 against Nebraska in the series opener Thursday night.
That’s important when it comes to seeding purposes at the Big Ten tournament, which starts Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Drasen Johnson turned in another solid effort on the mound, leading Illinois to a 6-3 Big Ten baseball victory against Penn State on Friday night.
Johnson, who struck out six, allowed nine hits and one earned run in 61/3 innings.
INDIANAPOLIS — Former University of Illinois men’s gymnastics coach Yoshi Hayasaki has been selected to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Illinois gymnast Jordan Valdez, who entered the NCAA Championships ranked No. 1 in the nation in high bar, remained at the top of the heap on the night it mattered most.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Illini men’s gymnastics team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships on Friday night.
Michigan claimed its sixth national crown, scoring 445.05 points. Oklahoma had its fourth straight runner-up finish after scoring 441.65 points. Stanford (436.30 points), the Illini (435.35 points) and Ohio State (433.50 points) rounded out the top five.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — You can’t win a gymnastics title on the first day of the NCAA Championships, but you certainly can lose one.
Fortunately for Illinois, it still has a shot at the national crown.
Coach Justin Spring’s team placed third in the Session I Qualifier on Thursday to reach the finals for the 12th consecutive year.
Women’s gymnast Sunny Kato, a communication major with a 3.51 grade-point average, was selected at the Illini Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Kato helped lead Illinois to its fourth trip to the NCAA Championships in the past six years.