U.S. Gymnastics: The Inside Scoop

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

At stake: A field of 15 men and 15 women will compete for spots on the five-member teams that will represent the United States in the London Olympics

Illini connection

C.J. Maestas

Return of Sender

CHAMPAIGN — On Aug. 15, 2009, David Sender packed all of his belongings into a car and began the drive from northern California to Champaign.

Sender was accompanied by his father Ira, his dog Scout, his hamster Jake, and an unnamed but remarkably resilient goldfish who now is 13 years old.

Roundup: Riley. Ruggeri shine

DES MOINES, Iowa — Andrew Riley didn’t mess around when it came time to qualify for the NCAA finals in his signature event.
The Illinois senior ran the second-fastest time of his career in the 110-meter hurdles Thursday to move within one win of another national collegiate title.

Gymnasts aiming for Olympics

The road to the 2012 London Olympics for U.S. gymnasts begins this week in St. Louis, and there's a sizeable Illini contingent among the hopefuls. Staff writer JEFF HUTH takes a look at the U.S. Visa Championships:

1. The basics

10 Illini we're going to miss

We'll miss these pieces

Al Martindale is retiring after 29 years as director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer at Illinois. Here are 10 other Illini we will be sad to see go:

Dennis Nevolo, men's tennis

Spring wins national coaching honor

CHAMPAIGN — After leading the Illinois men's gymnastics team to its 10th national title and first in 23 years, Justin Spring on Monday was named the 2012 National Coach of the Year.

Illinois assistant coaches Daniel Ribeiro and Ivan Ivankov were named Assistant Coaches of the Year.

Tate: Spring's time has arrived

You've seen freshman sensation C.J. Maestas and fifth-year senior Paul Ruggeri — the younger from Corrales, N.M., and the elder from Manlius, N.Y. — honored as leaders of the Illini's NCAA gymnastics championship.

But when Justin Spring talks of "a team triumph," this isn't coach-speak.

The 2012 NCAA National Champion University of Illinois Men's Gymnastics Team Returns

 The 2012 NCAA National Champion University of Illinois Men's Gymnastics team returned to Bielfeldt in Champaign on Sunday, April 22 , 2012. 

Title town: Illini gymnastics

NORMAN, Okla. — Justin Spring didn't get much sleep after his Illinois men's gymnastics team won the NCAA championship on Friday.

Another sleepless night was on tap after Spring's Illini enjoyed another banner evening at Saturday's individual event finals.

Two more titles for Illini

NORMAN, Okla. — U.S. Olympic hopefuls C.J. Maestas and Paul Ruggeri III added individual event titles to the team national championship they won for Illinois, and all-around champion Jake Dalton of Oklahoma claimed the national title on parallel bars at the NCAA men’s gymnastics meet on Saturday night.