Defending champs earn title shot

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — All the Illinois men’s gymnastics team wanted was a chance.
Justin Spring’s squad got it, and now the Illini will try to defend their NCAA title tonight after qualifying for the team finals Friday.

Illini advance to finals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Defending champion Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma will compete for the NCAA men’s gymnastics team title Saturday night at Penn State.

Three other qualifiers for the final round will be determined Friday night. Top-ranked Penn State, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 13 Temple were to compete in the later session.

NCAAs next for women's gymnasts

By The News-Gazette

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A dominant performance by Alina Weinstein on Saturday night propelled the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to its third NCAA Championships appearance in program history.

Title run ends for Spring's squad

MINNEAPOLIS — The Illinois men’s gymnastics team no longer sits atop the Big Ten.

For the first time since 2008, the Illini failed to bring home a conference championship.

Trying to win its fifth straight conference championship, Illinois instead wound up in fifth place at the seven-team event Friday night.

Tate: Spring, NCAA champs try to regain magic

When Justin Spring’s gymnasts won the 2012 NCAA title, there was legitimate optimism that the Illini could continue to thrive in that thin stratosphere. They were ranked No. 1 going into this season.

But as we saw with men’s tennis (NCAA champs in 2003), men’s basketball (2005 runners-up) and volleyball (2011 runners-up), even a Perfect Storm will break up and weaken.

Weinstein, See shine at Big Ten meet

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Illinois women’s gymnastics team placed fourth during Saturday’s Big Ten Championships, compiling 196.475 points. Nebraska won the eight-school meet with a score of 197.800.

The Illini won their afternoon session.

“We have been talking about momentum all year long and continued to build it in the month of March,” Illinois coach Kim Landrus said.

USC too much for UI tennis team

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URBANA — A day after falling to the nation’s top-ranked men’s tennis team, Illinois lost to the second-ranked squad in the country.

Southern California left Atkins Tennis Center with a 6-1 victory Monday following the nonconference dual meet against No. 15 Illinois.

Roberts rescues streaking Illini

CARBONDALE — Reliever Bryan Roberts helped streaking Illinois escape a ninth-inning jam,  and his teammates responded with three runs in the top of the 10th to pull out a 7-5 nonconference baseball victory against Southern Illinois on Saturday.

Spencer, Murphy advance at nationals

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer and junior Samantha Murphy advanced Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Spencer posted the fastest time in her 400-meter heat and the second fastest overall, clocking a school-record 51.55 seconds. Georgia freshman Shaunae Miller had the best time  in 51.14.

Mori, Wilner shine in defeat

CHAMPAIGN — Senior Yoshi Mori won titles on floor and pommel horse, but seventh-ranked Illinois lost 438.900-436.250 to top-ranked Penn State in men’s gymnastics Saturday night at Huff Hall.

Mike Wilner posted the Illini’s best mark ever (15.900) to claim the rings crown.

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