CLEVELAND — Melissa Fernandez saved her best for her final routine as an Illini.
The Illinois senior scored a 9.8375 on a near-flawless routine on the balance beam to tie for fifth place at the NCAA Championships.
Daniel Ribeiro (pommel horse) and Tyler Mizoguchi (parallel bars) won NCAA titles Saturday night as Justin Spring's Illini men's gymnastics team finished on a high note.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — As a coach, all you can ask is that your team performs its best when the stage is biggest. After Friday, Illinois men's gymnastics coach Justin Spring has no complaints about his group.
The Illini didn't win the NCAA title — they finished third to champion Stanford and runner-up Oklahoma — but did so with a season-high score of 360.150.
CLEVELAND — It took the Illinois women's gymnastics program 37 years to produce five All-Americans. The Illini did one better than that Friday night alone.
Led by three-time honoree Melissa Fernandez, the Illini collected six All-America honors at the Wolstein Center at the NCAA Championships.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Illinois men's gymnastics team on Thursday qualified for Friday night's NCAA team finals, the ninth straight season the Illini have been one of the final six teams.
The Illini were one of three teams to advance from Thursday's afternoon qualifying session, posting their second-highest score of the season at 356.000 to tie Penn State for the runner-up spot. Top-ranked Oklahoma had the top score at 363.500.
Can Justin Spring's Illini continue their postseason magic? Can Kim Landrus' Illini make the most of their second trip to an NCAA meet? Here's why both gymnastics coaches are optimistic heading into this weekend's NCAA Championships.
No. 4 Illinois is back in the Super Six at the NCAA men's gymnastics meet in Columbus, Ohio. Justin Spring's Illini finished behind only No. 1 Oklahoma at today's qualifying session at St. John Arena.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Danielle Zymkowitz went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs to lead the Illinois softball team to a 9-3 win against Purdue in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader Wednesday. Ashley Conrad went 2 for 2 with two RBI for the Illini in support of pitcher Pepper Gay (13-9), who scattered six hits and struck out four.
The Illini lost the nightcap 11-6 despite three hits, a homer and three RBI from Meredith Hackett. Zymkowitz and Hollie Pinchback (RBI) each had two hits for Illinois (19-15, 6-2).
CHAMPAIGN — Apparently, the news that Jereme Richmond has left the Illinois basketball program did not, in fact, shake the hoops world from its axis.
"Are you serious?" Illini recruit Devin Langford said Wednesday when told Richmond had announced he would enter the NBA draft. "That's crazy, man. But good for him. Best of luck to him."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Illinois women's gymnastics team finished second in the Tuscaloosa Regional on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Illinois scored 195.925 to edge third-place Penn State (195.850) for the final qualifying spot. Alabama won the regional at 197.275. The national meet is April 15-17 in Cleveland.