The Illinois women''s gymnastics team was ranked 25th in the GymInfo Top 25 poll on Monday. Bob Starkell''s Illini dropped seven spots from a week ago. The rankings are based on highest team score of the season. Beginning Jan. 24, rankings will be based on season average.
Bob Starkell''s Illini women''s gymnastics team is ranked 18th in the first GymInfo Top 25 poll of the regular season.
Sophomore gymnast Justin Spring and junior goalkeeper Leisha Alcia received the Dike Eddleman Awards for the 2003-2004 season, the prize given to the top male and female athletes at Illinois each year.
Spring is the first gymnast to win the award since David Zeddies in 1989, the last time Illinois won the national team championship.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Illinois'' Justin Spring finished fourth in the high bar Friday night at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championships, but the effort wasn''t enough to make the Olympic Trials.
Spring''s 9.625 showing on the bar moved him up a spot in the event, but he missed his best opportunity to advance when he struggled in the vault.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. On Friday, Justin Spring will try to become Illinois'' first U.S. national champion when he completes the vault finals at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championships in Nashville, Tenn.
Spring scored a 9.7 on his Kasamatsu 1 1/2 vault on Wednesday to take the lead.
LOS ANGELES – Cara Pomeroy couldn''t come up with another perfect score at the NCAA Championships on Thursday night.
Pomeroy, who became the first Illinois gymnast to record a 10.0 at the South Central Regional, scored a 9.800 to finish 28th on the uneven bars during the evening session.
URBANA – Nicknames are about as much a part of the Illinois women''s gymnastics scene as chalk on their hands.
Just ask Illini junior and Alabama native Ashley Williams, who picked up the moniker Big Ten ''Bama two years ago.
CHAMPAIGN – Sunday''s individual event finals at the NCAA Men''s Gymnastics Championships represented a chance for the Illini to go out in glory at the Assembly Hall.
But Illinois coach Yoshi Hayasaki couldn''t have imagined this type of glory.