Track teams earn at-large bids

CHAMPAIGN – Three individuals and one relay from the Illinois track and field teams received at-large invitations Tuesday to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Anderson, Rowe stay alive at tourney

ATHENS, Ga. – Defending NCAA doubles champions Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe of Illinois advanced to the round of 16, defeating 23rd-ranked Dan Buikema and Mathieu Thibaudeau of Alabama, 7-6 (3), 7-5 on Thursday.

Anderson and Rowe, seeded 5-8, struggled early returning serves, but the Illini duo rebounded.

Pomeroy in running for gymnastics award

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois gymnast Cara Pomeroy was recognized last weekend as one of six finalists for the American Award during the NCAA Championship Awards Banquet in Salt Lake City.

The award, presented annually by American Athletic, Inc., honors the senior female gymnast who has best demonstrated her competitive, leadership, academic and community skills throughout her collegiate career.

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Haagensen, Illini cash in

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Illinois gymnasts Wes Haagensen, Chris Silcox, Tyler Yamauchi and Chad Wiest earned All-America honors in individual event finals during the final day of the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

The four Illini extended Illinois' streak to eight years with at least one national honor.

Stankiewicz, rally lift Illini

EVANSTON – Illinois needed a late rally to complete its doubleheader sweep of Northwestern on Saturday.

All the Illini needed in the opener was Mike Stankiewicz.

Haagensen vaults Illini to team finals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The eighth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team thought it was due for a breakout performance.

It picked a good time to deliver.

Yamauchi has vision of NCAA title

CHAMPAIGN – Tyler Yamauchi stands with his head down and his dark eyes closed at the edge of a blue mat. He's visualizing his vault routine, but nerves already have taken over the gymnast's 5-foot-1 frame.

Flying down the runway, Yamauchi focuses on clearing the hurdle in front of him. Next, he reaches forward, propelling himself through the air to complete his vault, a handspring double front. The routine, which Yamauchi debuted for the season in January, is one of the most difficult in gymnastics.

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Starkell's crew earns regional bid

INDIANAPOLIS – Bob Starkell's 20th-ranked women's gymnastics team earned the fourth seed in the South Central Regional, announced Monday.

It is the fourth straight invite for the Illini, who compete April 14 in Tucson, Ariz.