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."

Gymnasts hit mark

Illinois' men's gymnastics team beat Minnesota and its women's team compiled a school-record score Saturday night at Huff Hall.

Travis Romagnoli won the all-around, vault, parallel bars and high bar while Leo Oka won the still rings for the men, who won 225.950-215.50.

Romagnoli repeats feat

After posting a top score nationally last weekend, Illinois' Travis Romagnoli on Wednesday was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week.

Romagnoli claims gymnast honor

Illinois junior gymnast Travis Romagnoli, the defending all-around national champion, was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Wednesday.

Team time

URBANA – He coaches the best collegiate gymnast in the country, a guy who is a two-time NCAA champion and a seven-time All-American.

All this, and Travis Romagnoli is only a junior.