Injury sidelines gymnast Maestas for 2013 season

CHAMPAIGN — Defending NCAA champion C.J. Maestas will miss the 2013 season due to a triceps injury, Illinois men’s gymnastics coach Justin Spring announced Monday.

The injury occurred during practice as the 2012 still rings titlist was training in floor exercise.

Illini gymnasts rate top spot

CHAMPAIGN — Justin Spring’s reigning national champion gymnastics team was ranked No. 1 in the preseason GymInfo Coaches poll, which was released Sunday.

Illinois received six of 15 first-place votes.

Ruggeri, Maestas now must wait for Olympic invite

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two members of the U.S. Olympic team in men's gymnastics have been determined.

Today, former Illini Paul Ruggeri and current Illini C.J. Maestas will learn if they're headed to the London Games, too.

Ruggeri leads way for UI contingent

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former Illini Paul Ruggeri, current Illini C.J. Maestas and UI volunteer assistant coach David Sender each had shining moments Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Ruggeri was seventh in the all-around after posting an 86.950 at the HP Pavilion, giving him a three-day combined total of 263.850 (Visa Championships plus Trials).

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.