Squad among elite

Illini coach Yoshi Hayasaki''s men''s gymnastics squad was ranked third in the GymInfo preseason coaches'' poll that was released Wednesday.

The Illini were ranked third in last season''s preseason poll, and it''s the squad''s third consecutive year in the Top 5 to start a season.

Illini springs ahead

   Illinois sophomore Justin Spring advanced to the floor exercise finals on Wednesday at the World University Games in Daegu, Korea.

Longtime Illini fan Drollinger will attend school

   HOOPESTON  Jon Drollinger could have spent his weekends next month touring college campuses from the East Coast to the West.

   Instead, the Hoopeston Area senior will stick close to home, just like he did in selecting Illinois as the next stop in his gymnastics career.

Illini representing U.S.

   Illinois gymnastics coach Yoski Hayasaki and Illini sophomore Justin Spring leave later this month for Daegu, South Korea, to compete in the World University Games.

   Spring is one of six competitors on the U.S. men''s gymnastics team. Hayasaki is serving as the team leader.

Illini gymnasts honored for academics

   Six Illinois women''s gymnasts were named 2003 Scholastic All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches.

Hearing aids no hindrance for talented Illini gymnast

   URBANA  There are times when Scott Wetterling is oblivious to the cacophonous atmosphere of a gymnastics meet  the sporting world''s version of a three-ring circus.

   All the Illinois sophomore needs to do to block out the tumult and commotion going on around him is remove his hearing aids. And instantly, all is quiet. Suddenly, Wetterling''s world is reduced to himself, the gymnastics apparatus at hand and his own performance.

Illini pair off to regionals

   Junior Jana Gallagher and freshman Ashley Williams were selected to represent Illinois on April 6 in the NCAA South Central women''s gymnastics regional at Tempe, Ariz.

   Gallagher is making her third regional trip, qualifying for the second straight season in the all-around.

Williams leads Illini gymnasts

   Freshman Ashley Williams won the all-around title Saturday as the Illinois women''s gymnastics team kicked off the road season with a 193.750-190.550 loss at Minnesota.

   Williams tied for first on the uneven bars (9.775) and placed third on the balance beam (9.775). She was fifth in floor exercise (9.725). Her all-around score was 38.750.

Illini women sign three

   Three gymnasts, including the 1999 New Jersey state prep all-around champion, have signed with the Illinois women''s program.

Gymnastics squad ranked fifth

   The Illinois men''s gymnastics team will begin the season as the nation''s fifth-ranked squad, according to the GymInfo/NCAA Preseason Coaches Poll.