CHAMPAIGN — Austin Phillips placed first in still rings and high bar, leading Illinois to a 354.600-339.100 victory against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday in men's gymnastics at Huff Hall.
Also earning titles for the Illini were Chad Wiest (floor exercise), Daniel Ribeiro (pommel horse), C.J. Padera (parallel bars) and Alex Varga (vault).
PHILADELPHIA – Illinois 141-pounder Jimmy Kennedy defeated Missouri's Todd Schavrien 11-1 to take fifth place Saturday at the NCAA wrestling championships.
Teammate B.J. Futrell took eighth place at 133 pounds.
MINNEAPOLIS – Illinois seniors Allison Buckley and Melissa Fernandez were named first-team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches, and junior Kelsey Joannides earned second-team honors Friday.
"It shows that we are continuing to be a force in the Big Ten," UI interim coach Kim Landrus said. "Having three All-Big Ten selections is not only a great accomplishment for those gymnasts but representative of the strength of our whole team."
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EVANSTON – Jimmy Kennedy beat second-seeded Montell Marion of Iowa 9-6 at 141 pounds to claim third place at the Big Ten meet Sunday. The Illini finished sixth as a team.
"I was pleased with some of our performances and disappointed with a few others, but that's how this tournament always is," Illinois coach Jim Heffernan said.
Big Ten honors two Illini gymnasts
CLEARWATER, Fla. – John Anderson and Chris Pack combined on a four-hitter as the Illinois baseball team beat Cincinnati 7-3 on Saturday at Jack Russell Stadium.
With the win, Illinois evened its record at 1-1 in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. The Illini finish the series today against West Virginia.
WACO, Texas – Meredith Hackett blasted a pair of home runs and drove in six runs for No. 24 Illinois in a 9-2 softball win against Texas-San Antonio on Saturday at the Getterman Classic.