Hayasaki a Hall of Famer


INDIANAPOLIS — Former University of Illinois men’s gymnastics coach Yoshi Hayasaki has been selected to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Valdez claims high bar title

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.

Gymnasts fourth at nationals

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.

Gymnasts have shot at title

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.

Kato earns Scholar-Athlete honor

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.

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Unfazed freshman

In each of the last two years, an Illini freshman has won an NCAA individual title. Will Chandler Eggleston extend that streak?

Bar remains high for gymnasts at nationals

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Justin Spring has seen enough of Big Ten champion Michigan to know that if the Wolverines perform to their capabilities this week, his Illinois men’s gymnastics team won’t hoist its second NCAA title trophy in three years Friday night.

Women's gymnasts reach nationals

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 11 Illinois women’s gymnastics team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on Saturday night by placing second at the Minneapolis Regional.

With a score of 196.600, the Illini edged No. 14 Minnesota by 0.25 point for the runner-up spot. No. 2 Oklahoma won with a 197.725.

Eggleston wins title on floor

LINCOLN, Neb. — Illinois gymnast Chandler Eggleston finished first in floor exercise Saturday at the Big Ten Championships.

Eggleston posted a 15.725 in the event.

C.J. Maestas was second on the rings for the Illini, who received second-place showings from Jordan Valdez on the parallel bars and horizontal bar.

Maestas earns rings title

LINCOLN, Neb. — Illinois gymnast C.J. Maestas won the rings title Friday night at the Big Ten Championships.

Maestas posted a 15.900, and Penn State’s Trevor Howard was second at 15.700.

The Illini finished fourth in the team standings at 435.350. Michigan won the team crown, totaling 448.200.

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