Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Balthazor finishes 13th overall

ST. LOUIS — A 13th-place finish in the all-around competition wasn't what she wanted.

But, Rae Balthazor still left Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis with something to smile about.

Balthazor's 9.900 during Friday's floor exercises at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships was the eighth-best mark overall and earned the Illinois sophomore second-team All-America honors.

Illini advance, finals up next

CHICAGO — All Illinois men's gymnastics wanted was another shot at Oklahoma.

Well, here they go.

The Illini compiled a score of 408.824, placing second during Friday night's qualifying session of the NCAA championships to advance to tonight's six-team finals at the UIC Pavilion.

Balthazor heads to nationals

While the Illinois men's gymnastics team takes part in an NCAA championship meet beginning today, Rae Balthazor simultaneously will represent the Illini in the national women's gymnastics event.

Illini gymnast Baker keeps bright outlook despite hardships

CHAMPAIGN — Taking a quick glance at Bobby Baker generates plenty of questions about the Illinois senior gymnast.

What's up with the bevy of tattoos on his right arm, which include a wolf, a compass and an anchor? Most relate to "lessons I've learned throughout life and college."

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 15, 2018

With college sports' late national signing day in the books and decision day for non-jocks coming up on May 1, we asked this week's panel of former Illini: What do you remember most about the time you said 'I do' to the orange and blue?

Diab three peats for Illini men's gymnastics

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — To say Alex Diab crossed into familiar territory Saturday night would be an understatement.

Illini earn first league title since 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Justin Spring didn't know exactly how the Illinois men's gymnastics team he coaches would celebrate Friday night.

But the Illini would celebrate.

Winning a Big Ten title merits a reason to let loose for a bit.

Illini women's gymnastics earns NCAA Regional berth

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women's gymnastics team is headed to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Illini were selected Monday to compete in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on April 7, joining Big Ten champions Michigan. Georgia, Missouri and Central Michigan.

Hodan wins Big Ten beam title

CHAMPAIGN — Bridget Hodan is a Big Ten champion.

Hodan collected the title on balance beam with a 9.900.

Saturday's Roundup | Parker takes third place at NCAA wrestling championships

CLEVELAND — Emery Parker felt that his nerves got the better of him in a first-round defeat to an unseeded wrestler.

His national championship hopes were dashed following a 4-3 preliminary loss to North Carolina's Chip Ness.

But, then, Parker said the pressure was off his shoulders.

Maybe it was.