Illini recruits in the news

Libero Jennifer Bonilla of Reseda, Calif., and middle blocker/right side hitter Liz McMahon of Liberty Township, Ohio, were among 21 players chosen through tryouts held between February and April.

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Riley, Evans spring ahead

1. Andrew Riley, track & field. Sophomore added Drake Relays 100-meter hurdles title to remarkable resume.

1. Aja Evans, track & field. Reigning Drake Relays champ undefeated in shot put in four outdoor meets.

Riley delivers title

DES MOINES, Iowa – Unlike last year, Andrew Riley didn't set a school record Saturday at the Drake Relays. Unlike 2009, however, the Illinois sophomore did come away with a victory.

Riley captured first place in the 110-meter hurdles in 13.72 seconds, edging runner-up Jeffrey Julmis of Kansas State by 0.04 second. A year ago, Riley placed second at Drake in a then-UI record 13.61.

Men's gymnasts finish strong

WEST POINT, N.Y. – His team didn't win the national championship he had hoped for the night before, but Justin Spring's Illinois men's gymnastics team managed to come away with four All-Americans after Saturday's individual championships at the U.S. Military Academy.

"I'm really proud of this team. It was a good growing year," Spring said.

Top-ranked men's gymnasts tumble

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The quest to end a lengthy NCAA title drought will have to wait another year for the top-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team.

Seeking their first national team crown since 1989 and 10th overall, the Illini fell far short in the NCAA Championships team finals Friday night at Christl Arena on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy.

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With a strong performance tonight, Justin Spring's top-ranked gymnasts can join an elite group of teams from Illinois to win national titles.

Men's gymnasts reach final

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Illinois’ top-ranked men’s gymnastics team, led by junior Daniel Ribeiro, advanced to the “Super Six” team final for the eighth consecutive year.
The Illini finished second (354.050) in the afternoon qualifying session behind No. 4 Stanford (359.000). No. 5 Ohio State (346.800) also advanced to Friday’s final, which will begin at 6 p.m. at Christl Arena.

Stannard earns prestigious award

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Gymnast Luke Stannard became the third Illini to win the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award, which was announced Wednesday night at the NCAA banquet.
The award is given annually to the nation’s top senior male gymnast.

Illini seeking perfect 10th title in men's gymnastics

URBANA – Justin Spring knows what it's like to go through an entire college career and never win an NCAA team title.

Four years after his final season at Illinois, that void continues to haunt one of the most decorated gymnasts in the school's history.