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.

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Fudge, Illini upset Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Megan Fudge, ranked 106th, upended No. 55 Sonja Molnar 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles to help visiting Illinois beat No. 22 Iowa 6-1 in women's tennis Saturday.

Illinois (10-7, 4-1 Big Ten) moved into sole possession of third place in the Big Ten behind Michigan and Northwestern.

Men's gymnasts vault to top spot

lIlinois, which won its second consecutive Big Ten men’s gymnastics title Friday night, jumped two spots to No. 1 in this week’s national poll, which ranked teams by a national qualifying average.
The Illini compiled a team score of 359.700, boosting their national qualifying average to 358.030.

Fernandez return could spark Illini

URBANA – Illinois gymnast Melissa Fernandez likely would compete in no more than two events if she is able to return from a leg injury for the NCAA Central Regional meet on Saturday

Illinois wins four crowns


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois claimed four individual event titles Saturday at the Big Ten men's gymnastics championships.

Paul Ruggeri was victorious on vault and on high bar, raising his career total to four. Daniel Ribeiro earned his second career pommel horse title, while C.J. Padera won the first Big Ten crown of his career with a win on parallel bars.