Gymnastics

Gymnastics

UI to host '17 NCAA women's gymnastics regional

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will host the NCAA women's regional gymnastics competitions in 2017, according to an NCAA announcement today.

Women's gymnastics regionals will be at the State Farm Center in 2017, according to the NCAA.

In 2018 the university will host the Division I men's gymnastics championships at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, it was also announced.

Illinois in line to host NCAA events

INDIANAPOLIS — The University of Illinois is in the running to host another NCAA championship tournament in men’s and women’s tennis.

The NCAA announced Wednesday that the UI is among eight finalists for Division I tennis championship sites during 2015-18. The UI hosted the tennis championships last spring for the first time.

Maestas serving suspension

 

C.J. Maestas, a 2012 NCAA champion, has been suspended from competition for an unspecified number of meets by the University of Illinois men’s gymnastics program after providing alcohol to a minor last month.

Spartans too much for UI volleyball

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State and Illinois apparently are heading in opposite directions in volleyball.

The Spartans, who climbed six spots to No. 9 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, defeated the Illini 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 on Friday night.

Freshman lifts Illini volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — Led by one of the youngest players on the court, the Illinois volleyball team kicked off its season — albeit unofficially — with a victory.

Freshman Michelle Strizak had 10 kills in 14 swings as the Illini beat a team of alumni 25-22, 25-15, 25-13 on Saturday night at Huff Hall.

Wiest back with Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois men’s gymnastics standout Chad Wiest is back with the Illini.

Wiest, who was the 2011 Big Ten floor champion and a two-time All-American, was named the Illinois women’s gymnastics assistant coach Thursday.

Illinois team grades

Baseball: B
Comment: NCAA tournament team won 35 games, most since 2000

Football: D-
Comment: Task one: End that 14-game Big Ten losing streak

Men’s basketball: B
Comment: Inconsistent bunch proved they belonged in NCAAs

Men’s cross-country: B
Comment: Big Ten finish of fourth was program’s best in 16 years

Illinois team-by-team breakdown

Baseball
High point: Receiving Big Ten’s only at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Low point: Losing NCAA elimination game after entering ninth inning with 3-2 lead.
Big Ten finish: T-5th
What’s next: Plenty of holes to fill in field, but starting rotation returns intact.

Football

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Illinois Year in Review

TOP MALE ATHLETES

1. Justin Parr, baseball. Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American taking sweet swing to pros.

2. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Sophomore Big Ten champion became first Illini to win an NCAA title at 125 pounds.

3. Fred Hartville, gymnastics. Proving Big Ten vault title was no fluke, freshman repeated feat at NCAA Championships.