Rogers in the running

Illinois senior Bob Rogers has been named a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, presented to the top collegiate senior gymnast each year.

UI gymnasts earn invite

The Illinois men''s basketball team isn''t the only squad heading to a regional soon. The UI women''s gymnastics team, led by coach Bob Starkell, earned a bid to the South Central Regional in Tucson, Ariz.

The invitation to the April 3 event, which was announced Monday, is the first under Starkell, who is in his fifth season at the school.

Spring snubbed for a second time

CHAMPAIGN – Twenty-four hours later, Justin Spring had another narrow defeat.

One day after losing the all-around title to Ohio State''s Randy Monahan by 0.075, Spring lost out on Big Ten Gymnast of the Year honors to the Buckeye junior.

Illinois trio pommels the competition in league event finals

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois men''s gymnastics team has a reputation – and the No. 1 ranking to back it up – as the nation''s best in pommel horse competition.

On Saturday, at the event finals of the Big Ten championships at Huff Hall, Illinois proved nobody in the conference can compare.

Spring bounced for title – barely

CHAMPAIGN – In March Madness terms, it was the equivalent of losing on a jump shot at the buzzer.

Illinois'' Justin Spring carried the lead into the final event of the all-around standings at Friday''s Big Ten Championships, but defending champion Randy Monahan of Ohio State emerged with the title – by 0.075.

Illini surge to first league title since ''89 season

CHAMPAIGN – If re-establishing Illinois'' men''s gymnastics program as one of the nation''s best is a two-step process, the first part was completed with a flourish Friday at Huff Hall.

Illinois stormed from behind in the final four events and claimed its conference-best 23rd Big Ten championship. But it is the Illini''s first title since 1989, snapping the league''s longest drought.

Healthy Spring leads UI into Big Ten meet

CHAMPAIGN – By definition, roommates tend to know things others don''t, which partly explains why Adam Pummer isn''t going to give up Justin Spring''s secrets without a fight.

Pummer has borne witness to his Illinois gymnastics teammate taking risks on many occasions. And if people hang around the Illini''s training facilities long enough, they''ll see for themselves.

Illini remain No. 1

The Illinois men''s gymnastics team retained its No. 1 ranking in this week''s GymInfo poll despite a loss Saturday to No. 2 Oklahoma.

Based on a formula involving a three-score average, Yoshi Hayasaki''s Illini lead the nation at 220.708. The Sooners have a 220.342 average.

Spring honored again

Illinois'' Justin Spring was named NCAA Men''s Gymnast of the Week by Inside Gymnastics Magazine for the second time in three weeks.

UI men''s gym team ranked No. 1

The Illinois men''s tennis team isn''t the only top-ranked squad on campus. Yoshi Hayasaki''s men''s gymnastics team joined Craig Tiley''s group on Monday as No. 1 in the nation.

The GymInfo top ranking is the first for the Illini men since 1989, when they won Big Ten and NCAA titles. Illinois will host both events this year.