Illinois men's coach Justin Spring was kind enough to weigh in with his thoughts on this weekend's Big Ten Championships:
Tyler Mizoguchi had reason to pay attention to the recent grim news out of Japan.
Relatives of the Illini junior gymnast were among the thousands directly affected by the massive offshore earthquake and tsunami March 11 that continues to cripple parts of the Asian nation.
URBANA — It's one thing to be a member of the U.S. men's gymnastics team and participate in its training program. Illinois junior All-American Tyler Mizoguchi had been there and done that.
It's another to represent your home country in an international meet, something that until recently was missing from Mizoguchi's Team USA resume.
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."