UI's Oka misses All-America cut

LINCOLN, Neb. – Illinois sophomore Leo Oka finished in seventh place on still rings Saturday at the NCAA men's gymnastics championships at Nebraska.

The top six finishers in each event earned All-America status.

Wiechmann bright spot for Illinois

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gina Wiechmann placed fifth in the all-around and Kim Berres was fifth in the balance beam but Illinois didn't survive the team cut at Saturday's NCAA Region 3 women's gymnastics championships at Nebraska.

The Illini, making their second consecutive postseason appearance, finished fifth with 193.1 points. Michigan won, followed by Nebraska.

UI gymnasts show growth at regional

CHAMPAIGN – For a school that isn't sending its men's gymnastics team to nationals, Illinois sure has some major travel arrangements to make.

Missing by one spot of qualifying as a team for the NCAA Championships, the fourth-place Illini still advanced six individuals Saturday night during the East Regionals at Huff Hall.

Oka corrals talent

CHAMPAIGN – Leo Oka wasn't alone in the gym. It just felt that way.

"I started out with two other people my age, but they eventually quit," the Illinois gymnast said, recalling his years in a club program in Toronto. "The rest were smaller kids. I was basically training by myself.

NCAA gym dandies

Illinois gymnasts capture birth

The University of Illinois women's gymnastics team has earned a berth in the Region III Championships, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

UI gymnast beaming after title

For the first time since 1991, Illinois has a Big Ten champion in women's gymnastics.

Sophomore Gina Wiechmann won the balance beam Saturday at the Big Ten meet in East Lansing, Mich. The Clearwater, Fla., native scored a 9.875.

Strada makes most of shot

Without having to contend with defending national champion Travis Romagnoli of Illinois, Iowa junior Todd Strada won the Big Ten all-around gymnastics title Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

Whistling Dixon

   CHAMPAIGN  Phaedra Dixon''s high school, Chicago''s Whitney Young, is a wonderful place to study, but it does not have a gymnastics team.

   None of her classmates were gymnasts. None of her school friends were gymnasts. And you''ll not find another University of Illinois gymnast who attended a Chicago Public League school.

Illinois gymnasts rock

Travis Romagnoli (57.8) and Leo Oka (career-best 57.4) took first and second in the all-around, leading the fifth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team to a school-record score in a 230-227.75 victory against second-ranked Ohio State on Saturday at Huff Hall.

"It all came together tonight," coach Yoshi Hayasaki said. "However, I don't want to be satisfied with this score because I feel we can work on things and top this competition."