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PARK RIDGE — Senior Paul Ruggeri was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Monday for leading No. 4 Illinois to the team title of the Windy City Invitational.

Gymnasts top No. 2 Michigan

CHICAGO – The No. 4 Illinois men's gymnastics team won five of six events to capture the season-opening Windy City Invitational for the second straight year.

The Illini scored 355.400 points to defeat defending national champion and No. 2 Michigan (346.100), which placed second in the six-team meet.

Freshman throws his weight around, sets record

CHAMPAIGN – Davis Fraker wasted no time making an impact at Illinois.

The freshman from Peachtree City, Ga., set a school record in the weight throw on his first college attempt. His throw of 66 feet, 10 3/4 inches was good for first place in Saturday's track and field indoor meet against Iowa at the UI Armory.

Recruit earns Iowa's top honor

CHICAGO — Illinois recruit Ali Stark was named Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year.
The senior outside hitter led Mount Vernon High School to a 41-0 record and the Class 3A state title this season. The 6-foot-1 Stark recorded 324 kills, 232 digs, 66 service aces and 62 blocks for the Mustangs.

Spring earns promotion

CHAMPAIGN — Justin Spring, who is entering his fifth season on the Illinois men’s gymnastics team’s coaching staff, was named the program’s head coach Wednesday.
Spring was the associate head coach in 2009-10 after three seasons as an assistant to former coach Yoshi Hayasaki. Last season, Spring guided the Illini to their second straight Big Ten title and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

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The Illinois women's gymnastics team will begin this season ranked 17th in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll.

It's the fourth consecutive time and fifth overall the Illini have been in the Top 25 heading into a season.


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Ex-Illini gymnast helps U.S. win Pan-Am

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Former Illini All-American Wes Haagensen tied for fourth place in the all-around, helping the U.S. Men’s National Team win the gold medal at the Pan American Championships on Thursday.
The Americans scored 352.150 points to top Brazil and Canada, which tied for second at 343.950.

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Bob Starkell resigns as UI  director of gymnastics

Storyline No. 6: Gym dandies

Each hour on the hour today, we'll preview the 2010-11 school year. Up sixth, is this the year Illinois celebrates another NCAA team championship (and not in men's tennis)>