Starkell's crew earns regional bid

INDIANAPOLIS – Bob Starkell's 20th-ranked women's gymnastics team earned the fourth seed in the South Central Regional, announced Monday.

It is the fourth straight invite for the Illini, who compete April 14 in Tucson, Ariz.

Coach 'speechless' after finish at Big Ten gymnastics meet

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Senior Cara Pomeroy led the Illinois women's gymnastics team to its highest Big Ten Championships finish in 17 years Saturday by winning the uneven bars.

The No. 21 Illini placed third with 195.250 points, trailing champion Michigan and Penn State. It was Illinois' highest finish in the league meet since winning the 1990 Big Ten title.

Haagensen wins all-around in Big Ten meet

MINNEAPOLIS – Wes Haagensen won the all-around title at the Big Ten Championships in men's gymnastics Friday, giving Illinois its second consecutive title in the event.

"It really came down to the wire," Haagensen said. "I knew that it came down to the very end, and when I saw the scores I couldn't have been happier. Other than winning the team title, this was my goal."

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Armstrong's streak ends in tournament's finale

TEMPE, Ariz. – Lana Armstrong extended her hitting streak to 18 games in Illinois' 3-2 victory against Longwood, but nationally ranked Arizona State snapped the streak in the title game of the Diamond Devil Invitational on Sunday.

The Sun Devils (34-7) limited the Illini (21-12) to two hits in their 13-0 victory in five in-nings.

Anderson, Rowe fuel Illini victory

URBANA – Strong doubles play helped propel Illinois coach Brad Dancer's fifth-ranked men's tennis team past No. 29 Wisconsin 5-2 on Sunday.

The Illini, led by Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe, played outdoors for the first time this season and remained perfect in the Big Ten (3-0).

Masheto breaks record, earns All-America status

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Lesiba Masheto finished fifth in the 400-meter dash on Saturday with a school-record time of 46.14 seconds at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The finish gave him All-America status, and the time broke the school record previously held by Abe Jones (46.18 in 2006).

UI's Mensah captures All-America honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah earned sixth place in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, going 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to claim All-America honors Friday.

"I thought everyone really competed and did well today," UI women's coach Gary Winckler said.

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Grentz earns WBCA award

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois coach Theresa Grentz on Wednesday received the Carol Eckman Award from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

The award is presented annually to a WBCA coach who "exemplifies Eckman's spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose," the WBCA said.