SEATTLE - The No. 14 Illini women's gymnastics team finished second Saturday night in the claimed the program’s
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Illinois men's gymnastics team won its first Big Ten title since 2004 on Friday night, but Yoshi Hayasaki's Illini had to share the trophy.
URBANA – He is the defending NCAA champion in the high bar. The reigning U.S. champion in that event, too. And a three-time NCAA All-American.
When it comes to gymnastics resumes, Paul Ruggeri's is second to one among University of Illinois personnel active in the sport. No shame there, considering Illini assistant coach Justin Spring has a bronze medal to show for his trip to the 2008 Olympics.
INDIANAPOLIS – Bob Starkell's 14th-ranked women's gymnasts earned the third seed in the West Regional, which was announced Monday.
It is the Illini's sixth consecutive regional invitation and is the first time in school history they have earned one of the coveted top-18 seeds.
The Illini will compete April 4 at ank of America Arena in Seattle. A top-two finish will earn Illinois its first trip to the NCAA Championships in school history. The national meet will be April 16-18 in Lincoln, Neb.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois hit a school-record five home runs in the sixth inning to roll past Penn State 7-3 in both teams' league softball opener Saturday at Eichelberger Field.
CHAMPAIGN – Bob Starkell was just as excited for his former gymnasts as he was his current Illini at Saturday's Big Ten meet at Huff Hall.
"I'm hoping all our alumni were pretty entertained," the Illinois women's coach said. "There was a lot of pressure with all of them here. But I couldn't have asked for anything more."
CHAMPAIGN – Marijka Botterman is having a heck of a season for the Illinois gymnastics team. She broke her own school record in the individual vault at Ohio State and is ranked in the top 100 nationally in that event. In the uneven bars, too.
Botterman is having so much fun, the senior wants more time.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb notched his 100th win as his nationally ranked Illini swept Akron in nonconference baseball action Saturday.