Nationals Next for UI Duo

Nationals Next for UI Duo

University of Illinois freshman Travis Romagnoli and senior Greg McGlaun qualified for the NCAA men's gymnastics championships with strong performances at Saturday's East Regional at West Point, N.Y.

McGlaun advanced in the floor exercise (9.6) and high bar (9.65). He will make his third NCAA Championships appearance April 17-19 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Romagnoli qualified in the all-around (56.775).

Illinois finished fourth in the team standings. The top three teams advance to Iowa.

"It's disappointing not to qualify as a team for nationals but it is encouraging to know we have most of our team back next year in addition to some talented newcomers," UI coach Yoshi Hayasaki said. "Travis performed well and he continues to make a name for himself. For Greg, I know he would like nothing more than to finish his career as an All-American."

Ohio State won the regional title.

In men's tennis: Illinois 6, Penn State 1.

Senior Jerry Turek won his 100th career match to lead the Illini at Atkins Tennis Center.

Turek, playing at No. 2, beat Colin Smeeton 6-4, 7-5 to improve to 5-0 in Big Ten matches. He is three wins shy of matching his own school record for wins in a season (31).

"It is just another win," Turek said. "But it is great to reach the century mark. The team always has to come first, and if the records come then that is great."

Turek also teamed with Brady Blain to win at No. 1 doubles. The pair is ranked 26th in the country.

Cary Franklin, Oliver Freelove and Blain won in singles and doubles play for the Illini, 11-6 overall, 3-2 Big Ten.

In women's tennis: Wisconsin 6, Illinois 1.

No. 20 Wisconsin swept the doubles matches for the Big Ten win at Atkins Tennis Center.

Kara Loffelmacher beat Andrea Nathan 6-4 6-2 at No. 5 singles for the UI's lone victory.

"Overall I am happy with the way we competed," UI coach Jennifer Roberts said. "Our play today was a big improvement over the last few weeks and that's what we were looking for in these matches."

Illinois, 7-10 overall, 2-3 Big Ten, hosts Northwestern at 11 a.m. today.

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